You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
A Dunedin police officer is warning of a telephone scam involving callers claiming to work for Spark NZ.
Police say the scammers are making cold calls saying they work for the telecommunication company, and then requesting people's bank account details.
Recent phone calls have originated from Australia (0061) and the United Kingdom (0044).
Dunedin Senior Sergeant Graeme Evans said anyone suspecting a scam call should not engage with anyone over the phone, and hang up immediately.
Police had been advised of an increase in scammers pretending to be from well-known companies such as Spark, other telecommunication companies or banks to trick or intimidate people into handing over personal information, or allowing access to their personal computers.
A Spark spokesperson said the company would never call customers out of the blue to ask for bank account, credit cards or internet banking details, or to request access to personal computers or laptops.
Anyone who believes they are a victim of a scam should immediately report it to their bank, and then to their local police.
- Spark can be advised by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Further information about scams can be found at https://www.spark.co.nz/scamalerts