Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Lifestyle Wairarapa Midweek
Older New Zealanders at risk of being money mules for fraudsters International crime rings are increasingly targeting New Zealanders’ bank accounts to launder proceeds from scams and fraud. Last week was Fraud Awareness Week with Bronwyn Groot, Fraud Education Manager for the Commission For Financial Capability (CFFC) highlighting the rising incidence of “money mules”.
Groot says mules are often shocked to discover they may be charged with money laundering and face imprisonment of up to seven years. Retirees, especially recent ones, are among those at risk, says Groot. Scammers target mules through online job websites, dating and social networking websites and online classiÿ eds.
A money mule is someone who transfers illegally acquired money on behalf of a criminal. Mules are recruited to move money through bank accounts, making it difÿ cult for police to track money stolen from a victim or gained through criminal activity such as drugs, fraud or human trafÿ cking.
Guidelines to help recognise when they might be at risk:
“Many online scams involve asking the victim to receive money to ‘look after’ and then transfer it to another account, usually offshore,” says Groot. “In most cases the money has been scammed from someone else, and is destined to fund organised crime.”
■ Be suspicious when a love interest you meet online wants to use your bank account. ■ Be wary when an employer or investment adviser asks you to form a company in order to open a new bank account, or use your own account to transfer money. ■ Never give your ÿ nancial details to someone you don’t know. If a person thinks they may have been used as a mule, stop all communication and notify the police.
Chanel College students Jonty Livingston, Dominique Phillips, Shavanah Hema, Natalie Childs, and Mackenzie Murray. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
A taste of tertiary Eli Hill Wairarapa year 10 students got a taste of tertiary education this month at UCOL Wairarapa. In the two ‘taster days’, 280 Wairarapa students from 10 secondary schools took part in ﬁve 45-minute interactive workshops held on November 8 and 15. Workshops covered beauty, hair, construction, automotive, health, hospitality, business administration, early childhood education, and vet nursing. A workshop on a career in the forestry industry,
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do not want to follow, as much as ﬁnding out where their passions lie.” UCOL wanted to inspire and engage students and oﬀered support with subject selection through years 11-13 and future career choices, Robinson said. “The taster days will also allow students to get a feel for what UCOL has to oﬀer and what they can study while at school through the STAR and Trades Academies programmes.” The Wairarapa careers teachers’ event was supported by REAP Wairarapa in collaboration with UCOL Wairarapa.
what qualiﬁcations are available, and with an additional focus on Women in Forestry was run by Laurence Rehutai of Rehutai Forestry. The workshops align with vocational pathways, UCOL Wairarapa’s schools partnership manager Hayden Robinson said. “Vocational pathways is a unique tool that helps individuals see how their strengths, interests and achievements can relate to study options and job opportunities. “It is sometimes just as valuable for students to know what career pathways they deﬁnitely
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