'Police officer' scam attempting to con Kiwis out of cash

Auckland police are investigating a potential phone scam after someone has been targeting the Indian community pretending to be a police officer.

The scammer calls victims and says they are a New Zealand police officer. They then tell them that a family member has been arrested and demands cash in order to release a family member from custody.

In some of the incidents, the victim has been asked to purchase a significant amount of iTunes vouchers instead of cash.

Detective Sergeant Bridget Doell, from the Auckland City Police Financial Crime Unit, says the scammers have been targeting members of the Indian community.

"These scams are quite complex and on at least one occasion the scammer has known personal information about the victim," she says.

"Police, or any other government agency, will never demand money or any other form of payment over the phone.

"In no instance would a call like this be genuine. If you receive a suspicious call, do not engage with them and hang up immediately."

Det Sgt Doell says Police are making enquiries into these incidents and working to identify those involved in the scam.

"These scammers are preying on members of our community who may not be completely familiar with New Zealand law and our Police practices," she says.

"We want to prevent anyone else from falling victim to this malicious scam. If you have any information that may help our investigation or if you have received a similar phone call, please contact the Auckland City Police Financial Crime Unit on (09) 302 6400 or your nearest police station."

More info on how to deal with a scammer at Newshub.