28 days ago

Be aware of this WhatsApp scam

The Team from Wellington District Police

Police are warning people to be wary of a WhatsApp scam following an increase in reports in the Wellington District.

In this case scammers use WhatsApp to impersonate family members or friends in saying they need help and in particular need money.

Victims of this scam have received a message from an unknown number, claiming to be a loved one who has just lost their phone and got a replacement.

The scammer then attempts to obtain the victim’s credit card information.

These kinds of scams run constantly and while most people will not respond or buy into them, some people are more vulnerable.

We urge people to have conversations with vulnerable or elderly family members, to help ensure they are aware of the tactics often used by scammers and don't become victims.

If you are in doubt because a person is claiming to be a family member or friend, ask them a personal question – for example their date of birth, maiden name, pet name or name of a sibling.

Do not provide a password, credit card or bank details without making absolute sure, it is someone you know.

No legitimate agency will contact you and ask for your bank details or credit card out of the blue.

Police’s message on scams like this is simple – do not engage with anyone on the phone, and if you think you are being scammed report the incident immediately.

Anyone who believes they are a victim of a scam, in person, over the phone or online, should immediately report it to their bank, and then to their local Police.

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Michael from Trentham

The Coalition Government is all set to reverse the previous Government's speed reductions on some roads and in the proximity of schools etc as well as going as high as a speed limit from 100km to 120km on some "open"roads.

Well I hope they will instruct the UH City Council to reverse at least in part the speed reduction along Alexander Road from 50km back to 80km. The Council has just been made to look ridiculous in its decision on a road that includes a golf course on one side and a barb wired fenced in military encampment on the other.

4 days ago

Poll: Are swear words no longer?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

In 2023, Apple amended its autocorrect function to allow Iphone users to freely use their intended word without mentioning 'ducks'. Is this a sign of the times? Are swear words no longer taboo in our communities or workplaces?

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

Are swear words no longer?
  • 20.3% Yes - swear words don't phase me
    20.3% Complete
  • 48.9% No - it's still inappropriate to swear
    48.9% Complete
  • 30.1% It's depends on the word
    30.1% Complete
  • 0.7% Other - I'll share below!
    0.7% Complete
2330 votes
1 day ago

Can you figure this one out neighbours?

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