• Kiwi farmer loses $1.2 million in romance scam


    Kiwis are being warned to look out for romance scams this Valentine's Day after a farmer was conned out of $1.2 million. Fraud education manager Bronwyn Groot said there has been a steady increase in the number of people being duped out of their life savings by people they thought cared for them. "Unfortunately these Kiwis discover the person they thought they were talking to is in fact a sophisticated organised crime ring." Groot said he has been helping the farmer, only referred to as Mark, whose losses included the family farm he inherited from his parents. "This woman Connie told me her parents had been killed in ... (full story)