The first rule of The John Key Schemeby Toby Manhire
A new phone scam takes the prime minister's name in vain.
No, John Key has not revised his view on the universal child benefit and decided to name it in his own honour.
If you get a call from someone at the tax department enthusing about the "John Key Scheme", it is a scam.
It doesn't sound like the most sophisticated scam in the history of scams, but you never know. I suspect it's targeted at people who say things like "that Nice John Key".
Here's the official guff from Consumer Affairs:
Scammers claiming to be from Wellington’s Inland Revenue Department are targeting New Zealanders with a new scam.
Victims receive a phone call from an overseas call centre and are told that they have been chosen to receive money from a ‘John Key scheme’.
Victims are asked to fill in a form and send $149, via Western Union, to claim their ’fund’. They are then instructed to go online to download a piece of software. The software launches malicious software onto their computer. This gives scammers remote access to the victim’s computer files.
There is no ‘John Key Scheme’. If you receive this phone call, put the phone down. Do not send any money, or follow any other instructions the caller may give you.
Maybe it's because I've been reading about conspiracy theorists a bit of late, but doesn't the opening of that last paragraph give pause. "There is no 'John Key Scheme'." The first rule of the John Key Scheme ... (etc).
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