Police have been made aware of a scam targeting hairdressers.  NZARH has verified around 100 separate instances of this in New Zealand.

The scam involves a male contacting the salon by email wanting to book a birthday group session for his daughter and her friends.

After offering a substantial deposit for the service, he asks the salon to overcharge his card and send the balance to a third party, claiming it to be payment for a cake company.

This is a scam, and the money is likely stolen.  Police recommend that should anyone be contacted in this manner, to cease contact and block the sender immediately.  Do not engage or accept any payment.

They would also appreciate if this information could be circulated around the industry, and are happy to answer any questions.

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