Some New Zealanders remain as gullible as ever when it comes
to get-rich quick schemes and potions offering miraculous
health benefits, Dunedin sceptic Warwick Don says.
Mr Don is a former national chairman of New Zealand Skeptics,
and attended that organisation's first national conference,
which was held in Dunedin in 1986.
More than 50 sceptics from throughout New Zealand are
expected to attend the organisation's latest three-day
gathering, which begins in Dunedin tomorrow evening.
Mr Don said the advent of the internet had made it easier for
financial scammers to operate from distant countries, sending
out vast numbers of emails, and often finding a few victims
for get-rich quick schemes.
But the internet also offered a good source of reliable
information, including about dubious financial schemes and
unproven claims by sellers of various health potions.
Conference speakers include Dr Michael Edmonds, of the
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Prof Jean
Fleming, of Otago University, and David Veart, an Auckland
archaeologist and cookbook enthusiast, who will discuss 20th
century food fads.
Mr Don, a retired Otago senior lecturer in zoology, has
simple advice about handling email offers from unknown people
that promise sudden wealth.