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Port worker death case

Child porn claim in cellphone scam By Andrew King

“Knowing he spent the last 10 seconds of his life with fear on his face” haunts the wife of port worker Brad Fletcher.


The Lyttelton Port Company was fined $63,000 for the workplace death of Brad Fletcher (above) last year, and will pay $75,000 in reparation to his grieving family. His wife Anita read an impassioned victim statement in the district court yesterday. > Story p3

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ANDROID PHONE users are being targeted by scammers who accuse them of watching child pornography and illegally downloading other material. The scammers pose as police, and also say the country’s security organisations the SIS and GCSB will take action against them if a $200 fine is not paid. A number of Christchurch people have been hit this week, including a woman on Tuesday who reported the matter to the Papanui police. The scammers claim the phone user has opened objectionable files, including child pornography. The first three names of people in their contact directories will be contacted to be used as witnesses in any future court case. Internet experts say the scammers have managed to infect websites that could be regarded as being on the fringe. When those sites are opened by an Android user they inherit the scam. The scam is called Ransomware, the most problematic form of malware – or malicious software – to emerge over the past two years. NetSafe digital project manager Chris Halls said scammers using the GCSB, SIS and police as threats have been a regular occurrence since June. • Turn to page 2

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