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Warning of potential rates scam

Published: 1 September 2017

Auckland Council is warning residents of a potential scam which appears to be targeting members of the Chinese community.

The council has become aware of the alleged scam through the social media platform WeChat, whereby Auckland ratepayers are offered a discount on their rates with the promise that their rates instalment will be paid for in full.

“While it’s not uncommon for someone to pay the rates of a family member, we strongly advise against anyone allowing someone they don’t know to pay their rates,” says Debbie Acott, Head of Rates, Valuations and Data Management.

The council has so far been made aware of at least one potential case of this scam being used and is liaising with the appropriate authorities, but is keen to hear from anyone else that may have been targeted.

If anyone believes they have fallen victim to this scam, or is in doubt about any transaction or interaction relating to Auckland Council, they should contact the council directly on (09) 301-0101.

奥克兰市政府提醒民众谨防税务诈骗

就近日出现的针对华人群体的诈骗事件,奥克兰市政府特此提醒所有居民谨防受骗。

据悉,此类诈骗是通过微信平台进行,诈骗者向奥克兰地方税纳税人提供税收折扣,并承诺为其足额缴纳税金。

税务、评估和数据管理部门主管黛比·阿考特(Debbie Acott)认为:“虽然我们也常常会为其他家庭成员代缴税,但我强烈建议,不要轻信陌生人为您代缴税金。”

目前,市政府已经确认至少有一起此类诈骗事件,并与相关部门取得了联系。同时我们希望其他受害者能为我们提供更多信息。

如果您已经遭遇了此类骗局,或者您对任何与奥克兰市政府有关的交易或活动有任何疑问,请立刻拨打市政热线:(09) 301-0101。

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