Scam warning for business owners/payroll operators

Southern District Police are warning business owners and payroll operators to be wary, after several reports of scammers attempting to fraudulently gain access to employees’ bank accounts.

The scammers, who are usually operating from an overseas IP address, create a false email address in the name of an employee, and then email that employee’s employer/payroll department requesting a change of bank account – and, to make it more realistic, this is very often another New Zealand bank account and part of another scam.

If successful, the scammer then gets paid the employee’s salary.

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