A sophisticated email scam, which pretends to be from the NZ Transport Agency, is taking unsuspecting people to a webpage to renew their vehicle licence (rego) and asks for many personal details such as NZ driver licence details and banking information.
Depending on how much personal information the scamming website receives, the fraudsters may have enough information to carry out a virtual identity theft.
If you’ve recently received an email asking you to renew your rego, please check the email details carefully. Genuine Transport Agency emails always use an nzta.govt.nz suffix. If the email was genuinely sent from the Transport Agency, it will include your specific vehicle details including:
If the email you received does not include your specific vehicle details, do not complete the online renewal transaction webpage that the email takes you to.
The website is a clever copy of the Transport Agency website. However, it asks for details that are not required when renewing your vehicle licence (rego). The Transport Agency will never ask for your driver licence details when you’re renewing your vehicle’s licence.
If you have recently clicked on a fake Transport Agency webpage that you’re now suspicious about and you entered your driver licence details or credit card or banking details, we strongly recommend you:
Read advisories on the following websites:
Remember IDCARE, Australia and New Zealand's national identity and cyber support service, is available should you need to talk with someone about this crime, https://www.idcare.org/(external link) or 0800 201 415.