Email scam demands recipients pay up or have footage of them using porn sites exposed

Police are warning about an email scam asking recipients to pay up or have personal details exposed to friends and family.

Police say they have received reports of the current scam from several victims. 

The email states that malware has been installed on the recipient’s device and has captured information about them including a password, along with potentially embarrassing footage. 

Netsafe says it has received a large number of scam reports of an email scam where scammers falsely claim to have recorded intimate visual recordings of people visiting adult sites.

Police are advising anyone who receives an email of this nature to report it to their local police as soon as possible.

If you have any doubt about a call, email or approach, it is more than likely it is a scam, police said in a statement this afternoon. 

Information on current scams that are operating can be found on the Ministry of Consumer Affairs website

Anyone who believes they are a victim of a crime, in person or online, should report the matter to their local police.

Netsafe and Consumer Protection NZ provide helpful advice and information about keeping safe online.


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National Party calls for increasing penalties for synthetic cannabis dealers

Simon Bridges does not think the Government is doing enough to combat synthetic cannabis and says increasing penalities for dealers would have an impact, however the Minister for Health says there is no evidence that it would work.

Minister of Health David Clark said the Government want to take "a harm reduction approach and do whatever will work urgently because it's a deep concern that this number has spiked". 

The Government are looking at “urgent measures” to combat the rise after the coroner found up to 45 people died in the past year. Source: 1 NEWS

It was found that 40-45 people died synthetic cannabis-related deaths in the past year.

Dr Clark said there was no evidence increasing penalties would reduce drug related harm, after being asked about National MP Simeon Brown's member's bill that would extend prison time for synthetic cannabis dealers. 

"Those who pedal these drugs need to face the full force of the law, I agree with that, but none of them are pedalling drugs thinking they're going to be caught at the moment, I think that's one of the concerns," Dr Clark said.

National Party leader Simon Bridges said Mr Brown's member's bill would "put it on par really with supply of cannabis, and what we're seeing here is the effects are even worse".

He thought "upping" the penalties would have an effect.

Those who take synthetic cannabis "run the risk of dying", said Minister for Police Stuart Nash.

"When people are dying, then that's a pretty big deal," Mr Nash said. 

"The thing about synthetic, you just never know what's in it."

He said it was "everything from people in their back sheds with grass-clippings and fly-spray rolling stuff up, to stuff that's being imported". 

Mr Nash later told The Spinoff this was only a metaphor and reiterated they do not know what is in synthetic cannabis, but called it "cheap and nasty stuff". 

"The suppliers are targeting those at the lower end of the scale, those who are really disaffected, sometimes the homeless, so we've got to come up with a different strategy to get information out there."

Yesterday Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters said the Ministry of Health, Justice, Police and Customs will coordinate "on how to best urgently reduce and the size and supply of the drug with the aim of turning this spike around and getting this dangerous drug out of our communities".

The Acting PM said he’d like to see “some fresh eyes from the street” help Government curb the spike in deaths over the past year. Source: Breakfast

National have a member’s bill to increase the prison time for dealers, which they say will help protect people. Source: 1 NEWS

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NZ business confidence hits 10-year-low in ANZ survey

Pessimism among New Zealand businesses has reached its worst point in a decade, according to a bank survey, continuing a trend emerging since the Labour-led Government took power.

ANZ's latest survey today showed a net 45 per cent of respondents in July expected the country's economy to worsen in the year ahead, compared to 39 per cent last month.

ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner warned the trend was increasing the risk of the economy stalling.

"Sustained low business confidence increases the risk that firms will delay investment and hiring decisions, in what could become something of a self- fulfilling prophecy," she said.

The figures are now at their lowest point since May 2008.

Their downwards trend has been an ongoing target of attack by the opposition, which says Jacinda Ardern's Government has spooked companies with its policies.

"This Government is having the same effect on business confidence that a global finance crisis did a decade ago," National Party leader Simon Bridges told reporters today.

Changes such as a ban on future oil exploration, industrial relations laws and new immigration rules were already seeing more Kiwis heading to Australia, he said.

But the Government has rejected that, saying the figures reflect bias on the part of business and global conditions, rather than any change in the domestic economy.

"The fundamentals of the economy are sound. We've still got relatively low unemployment, we've got a surplus, we've got debt tracking down," Finance Minister Grant Robertson said today.

"Quite clearly we know from previous business confidence surveys that, when there is a Labour-led government, (businesses) have generally been pessimistic."

New Zealand's gross domestic product, the envy of the developed world in recent years, has slipped since late 2017.

It saw growth of 0.5 per cent in the first three months of the year, compared to an average of 0.9 per cent since 2014.

Treasury forecasts the economy will average about 3 per cent annual growth for the next few years, and as much as 3.8 per cent in the year ending June 2019, but most economists now forecast growth to be below 3 per cent in 2018.

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