Report the scam to the FMA if you suspect you've been targeted by an investment or financial scam.
On this page you will find the key warnings signs of a scam, how to avoid falling into an investment scam trap, what to do if you've been scammed and contact details for how to be in touch with us.
If you suspect you have been targeted by an investment scam, please contact us.
We will investigate the scam based on the information you provide alongside our own enquiries. Please provide us with as much information as possible, including:
We may reach out to you for further information.
We are unable to help with the recovery of your funds but we can give you advice or put you in touch with someone who can. We are limited in what we can do if the scammers are overseas, but if they are in New Zealand we can investigate and warn others.
Do a reality check:
Do some digging:
Stop all contact with the scammer. If they phone, hang up. If they send emails or letters, don’t reply. If you maintain contact they will only try to get more money or information out of you.
Contact your bank immediately. They will have a policy to deal with fraud. If you have sent money through another bank or transfer service, contact the service you used to do that.
Tell family or friends what’s happened. It can be hard to admit that you’ve been tricked and lost money, but scammers rely on this shame and secrecy because it helps them keep scamming others.
Contact Victim Support via their website or by phoning 0800 842 846. They can provide free emotional and practical support and information.