The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

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Spam warning

2 May 2013

Internal Affairs warned today of scam emails circulating that suggest they come from government department websites, including

The emails contain a malicious attachment which, if opened, could harm computers or compromise a person’s privacy, including identity theft. They are a variation of previously reported scams where the attachment contains a bogus invoice or falsely offers tax or other refunds.

‘’ does not send out emails to the public. The Department advises people not to open suspicious emails or click the attachments. People should report the email to the Department of Internal Affairs’ Anti-spam unit.

Media contact:
Trevor Henry, senior communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 021 245 8642