Police said people should contact their bank immediately should they believe they’ve fallen victim to a scam.
In a statement, Westpac said anyone who receives the text should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, Newshub reported that scammers pretending to be ANZ bank employees had attempted to target a grieving woman – insisting her bank details be changed on the same day her late husband’s death notice was published in a newspaper.
The national manager of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Consumer Protection department, Mark Hollingsworth, said scams like this are frequent and change all the time.
“Scammers often use publicly available information, events, and trusted brands to deceive people into dropping their guard on protecting their personal information, making immediate and unusual payment requests, or simply making a purchase of a product or service that seems to offer a ‘good deal,'” he told…