Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SCAMMING NZL STYLE

I guess many of us continue to be amazed to hear how erstwhile fine upstanding members of our society continue to be sucked in by e-mails promising them zillions of dollars in exchange some up-front money to cover 'handling' charges.  

The old adage of  'if its too good to be true it probably is' seems not to resonate when they are confronted with the 21st century equivalent of John Frum and the Cargo Cult.

But Nigeria (or suchlike) has home grown competition from here in little old NZL.   Many of you will recall the scam promoted by some wide-boys in Maoridom who promised pacific island overstayers citizenship in exchange for a little dosh.    

And now another variation of that.    Wearing another hat I was confronted with having to address the issue of a Maori lady up here in Northland who, along with a number of others, had stumped up $170 to attend a travelling roadshow by a self appointed Kaumatua/fakir peddling the gospel that every Maori had a so-called 'birthright dividend' comprising the total wealth of the country in public ownership divided by the number of 'Maori' = x dollars held in trust for them by the Government which they could access (if they knew how to and he would tell them) and use it as security for loans and/or pay off debt incurred to the Crown.

This lady was attempting to have her debt to MSD written off.    I am aware of others who tried to purchase property on this basis causing the firm involved considerable stress.   

To the best of my knowledge there are no laws to prevent the unscrupulous peddling mischief to people stupid enough to anti-up koha to hear what they want to hear.    There should be.

4 comments:

watcher said...

" Many of you will recall the scam promoted by some wide-boys in Maoridom who promised pacific island overstayers citizenship in exchange for a little dosh."

Yup and we missed a golden opportunity.
We should have let them go ahead then when the passports showed up on the return trip have reason to deny entry because they had previously over stayed.

The Veteran said...

Hmmmmm ... that's a new take on the problem but it is perhaps worth remembering that last year (2012) 550 overstayers/criminals were deported with Samoans, Indians, Chinese, Fijians and Tongans heading the list.

Don't have that option with the Northland scam. It's Hone's constituency that's the target.

Those who want to believe they have a gold plated right to the good life without having to work for it.

Watcher said...

"550 overstayers/criminals were deported with Samoans, Indians, Chinese, Fijians and Tongans heading the list"

I bet those with the stamp would have out numbered them.

Noel said...

"I bet those with the stamp would have out numbered them."

Cost benefit analysis was done some years ago which is why there are no longer any dawn raids.

More focus on criminals than overstayers.