Christchurch man caught up in social networking scam

A 30 year old Christchurch man has unwittingly been caught up in an international scam.

The man was reported cashing a large value of travellers cheques this week when the bank realised he had done the same the previous week. On investigation the cheques proved to be forgeries.

It appears the man had been on a social networking site when he was offered some modelling. The travellers’ cheques were sent for him to recover his expenses and fee from, then he was to repatriate the rest of the cash via Western Union account to the UK.

Detective Richard Corkin says that anyone involved in a scam such as this operating as a money conduit could be charged.

“This is a crime against the bank,” he says. “Anything which seems too good to be true usually is.”

– NZ Police

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Fans rally to save daytime soaps on TV One

TVNZ has announced it is to cease its contract with the distributor for Days of Our Lives and the Young and the Restless.

The broadcaster says the shows have been on our screens for more than 20 years and ratings have been declining significantly.

In a statement TVNZ said “We have decided that although there are many viewers who remain faithful fans, there are also many who would appreciate something fresh after such a long time.”

One of those faithful fans is Northland viewer Morgan Collett who has set up one of two facebook groups aiming to keep the shows on our screens. He said that he always enjoys Days of Our Lives and the Young and the Restless because they are really fun and interesting with attractive characters. He has always looked forward to his afternoon soaps and says there is nothing else on at that time worth watching.

The series will finish sometime at the end of October and an announcement as to what will replace them will be made closer to the time.

At this stage Prime/Sky TV have no plans to take over the contract and screen these shows in New Zealand.

You can join the groups below:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146375737603

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=125297831145

– Dan News

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