Car registration scam alert

by Ann van Engelen

The NZ Transport Agency is warning people to be on the lookout for a scam vehicle licence (rego) email currently in circulation.

While the email appears to be a standard vehicle licensing (rego) renewal reminder, with the NZ Transport Agency logo and links to the online transaction website, it is part of a sophisticated phishing exercise. The phishing email also comes from an email address with an nzta.co.nz suffix, rather than nzta.govt.nz.

If you have recently received an email asking you to renew your rego, check the email details carefully. If the email was genuinely sent from the NZTA, it would include your specific vehicle details including your vehicle’s plate number, vehicle make and the expiry date of your current vehicle licence.

If the email does not include your specific vehicle details, do not complete the online renewal transaction webpage that the email takes you to.

If you have unintentionally clicked on a suspicious link and entered your credit card or banking details contact your bank immediately and have them stop any payments that may have been made. You may need to request a new credit/debit card.

Report the email to your local police cyber-crime division and go to the netsafe.org.nz website and read their advisories for cyber safety.

Do not delete the email, instead, put it in your junk mail folder in case the police need it for further examination.

If you think you have received a scam email, or you are unsure call NZTA on 0800 108 809.