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An advertisement for Mystery Shoppers which ran in Hawke's Bay Today's Situations Vacant section last week has been revealed as a scam.
The alarm was raised when those who responded to the advertisement were sent an email reply from an overseas address asking them to send money to an unknown contact point.
Police and the newspaper have been flooded with calls and emails saying the amount of money offered for the job was unrealistic and the Gmail address suspicious.
Hawke's Bay Today General Manager Russell Broughton said the Mystery Shopper ad was paid for and printed in good faith. The paper did not have any reason to believe the advertisement was not legitimate.
"We publish tens of thousands off classified ads every year, however it is still very disappointing when a bogus advertisement is published," he said.
Napier Police Crime Prevention officer Paul Miller said he had little doubt the advertisement was a scam.
"We have searched all the details of the guy who placed the ad and we found he is either using the name Brian Williams or Brian Willis and saying he is with the business Warner Rentals or Warner Agency. None of those details appear to exist in New Zealand," he said.
"His business address is legit but he is not known there nor is he the tenant there.
"His phone number, which is an 04/Wellington numbe,r rings but is not answered and the credit card number he asks people to transfer to, either belongs to an American or Canadian bank.
"There are two ways scams like this usually work. Either they relieve people of their cash - asking them to send money, or they get people to launder cash.
"This case was leaning toward relieving people of their money. If this guy had been a little smarter he might have left a lot of people out of pocket."
Similar scams involving vacant positions for Mystery Shoppers have been circulating via email and in other papers across New Zealand, Mystery Shop Network NZ Ltd Manager Trevor Harrowfield said.
"There have been a raft of scam emails and ads floating around offering various things.
"If they are offering an income of $200 to $300 a week, that is just unrealistic. You're probably looking at more like $20 per job."
There are several ways people could prevent getting ripped of by a scam like this, Mr Miller said, but his best advice was to use common sense.
"People need to be particularly wary when Western Union and the transfer of money comes up. The golden rule is not to commit any money to Western Union unless you know who is on the receiving end."