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Warning over phone survey scam

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/10/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">An elaborate scam under the guise of a phone survey company has prompted a warning from the Commerce Commission.</span> © Paul Bradbury/Getty Images An elaborate scam under the guise of a phone survey company has prompted a warning from the Commerce Commission. An attempt by a company to scam Kiwis out of money via a phone survey has prompted a warning from the business watchdog.

The Commerce Commision says an electronic goods survey's participants are being called back by a company Li Bai Corporation and offered prizes in exchange for large "compliance fees" - which are unlikely to be recovered once they go offshore.

It said the company had even sent invites to non-existent functions and gave out local numbers to appear legitimate.

"It should certainly raise suspicions when you are asked to pay money to claim a prize - particularly overseas and by bank transfer," commission competition general manager Antonia Horrocks said.

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