It was an email from a trusted colleague. He was in the middle of a pitch to an important client and needed me to organize 6 Apple gift cards. He hated to ask but assured me he’d refund the money as soon as he got off the call…

‘Of course,’ I replied because initially, I didn’t suspect a thing.

You see I know how busy he gets, and I’ve always said, ‘If there’s anything I can do to help you, just reach out.’

But something didn’t feel right.

Hang on, I thought, let me just check that email address again.

😈 Yep, you guessed it (probably much sooner than me) it was a scam!

Scammers prey on the gullible – and I place myself in that category.

I tend to believe people can be trusted until they prove me wrong. But by that time, the damage can be well and truly done.

A recent article from RNZ estimated fraudsters stole just over $4.2 million from New Zealanders between April and June this year, with text message scams on the rise.

Yes, scammers are getting more and more creative.

And don’t think that because you’re smart it won’t happen to you.

Some incredibly intelligent friends of mine have fallen for fake online ‘relationships.

Once the emotions are aroused (it seems) the head leaves the building!

So, what can you do to keep yourself safe?

I suggest Google ‘keeping safe from scams’ and you’ll find a wealth of helpful information.

But if you are a wicked person like me, you can always resort to watching scammers getting beaten at their own game on Instagram reels. LMAO!