Two Dunedin businesses have lost thousands of dollars to a
gang of fraudsters targeting Dunedin's Chinese business
community, police say.
Police believe the offenders are of Chinese descent and aged
between 40 and 75 years.
Among the fraud schemes used is approaching the owners of
takeaway shops with a business proposition. The victims are
then drawn into further contact with the fraudsters.
Police, who say at least two business owners have lost
thousands of dollars as a result of getting involved, are
working with the Chinese community to warn local business
owners of the scam.
"We are keen to warn business owners about the activities of
this group but also would like to hear from any other
business owners who might have been approached by people
offering similar deals," says Detective Neville Aiken.
Police don't believe the group is local but lives elsewhere
in New Zealand or overseas.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Neville Aiken
on 03 471-4800. Information can also be provided anonymously
to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.