Rego scam alert

The NZ Transport Agency has issued an alert to all vehicle owners to keep an eye out for a scam email supposedly from NZTA giving a reminder for a vehicle licence renewal.

"While the email appears to be a standard vehicle licensing [rego] renewal reminder - with the NZ Transport Agency logo and links to the online transaction website - it is part of a sophisticated phishing exercise," the alert says.

People may be caught off guard because the email carries the address "nzta.co.nz" suffix.

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However, the official NZTA email is "nzta.govt.nz."

People who had accidentally clicked into the fake transaction website or entered their bank or credit card details should call their bank immediately and possibly cancel their cards.

"If your email doesn't include your specific vehicle details, or you think there's anything suspicious or incorrect, don't complete the online renewal transaction the email links you to."

Anyone who believes they may have received a fake email or would like to check that theirs is a genuine one from NZTA, is encouraged to contact 0800 108 809.

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