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A Dunedin doctor says she is insulted by
the sophisticated inheritance scam sent from
“They must think I’m stupid,” Dr Margaret
In the letter, lawyer Daniel Grima, of the
Spanish city Alicante, said he was searching
for relatives of his late client, Berens Favell,
a Spanish tycoon who died with his family
in a “cyclone disaster” when holidaying in
The dead businessman left $6.4 million and
the lawyer suggested Ms Favell stand as heir.
“Once the vault is released to you, we shall
divide the content in the ratio of 50% for
you, 50% for me,” the letter said.
The lawyer provided contact details for
Dr Favell to phone, fax or e-mail him to say
if she would “collaborate”, or not, so he could
search for another heir.
The letter was on a letterhead and the
envelope had a Spanish postage stamp.
Dr Favell suspected she was targeted
because her name was in the phone book,
and sounded Spanish.
She had never been targeted by a mail scam
before and feared someone could fall for “the
The Otago Daily Times called Mr Grima
in Spain, posing as part of the Favell family.
Mr Grima said he needed “assurance”
he was not being scammed and wanted
confirmation via e-mail of the reference
number on the letter.
When pressed, he seemed open to his cut
being reduced to a 20% share.
“I am not greedy. I don’t belong to
the family tree. I am just an attorney.
Whatever you are willing to give at the
end of the day, I’m okay, but before I can
divulge any details, I want you to send me an
He denied he was part of a scam.
When asked if the money could be
collected in person, rather than by sending
an e-mail, he became agitated.
“If you are not willing to abide by my
instructions, please do not call again. Okay.
Thank you. Bye,” he said before hanging up.
After e-mailing Mr Grima the reference
number, he responded with four e-mails,
detailing the bequest was “100% legal” and
payment would take up to three weeks but
he needed to know my intentions were
“Are you really convinced of consummating
this project with me?” he said in the e-mail.
In the final e-mail, Mr Grima advised
against telling a “third party” and warned
against being slow to act.
“ You are not the only Favell in the world,”
Mr Grima said.
A Department of Internal Affairs
spokesman said anyone getting an
“ inheritance letter” should not respond, or
they risked becoming a victim to a long-
“Many inheritance letters state that the
recipient has the same or similar surname to
a deceased person and therefore is entitled
to some money. Dr Favell risks losing money
and personal identity information if she
engages with the sender.”
— Otago Daily Times
Spanish inheritance scam warning
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin woman Margaret Favell is warning others of an elaborate Spanish scam.
As extreme volatility plagues Chinese
sharemarkets, a bank economist is
warning that the cracks appearing
in China’s economy are of much
greater concern for New Zealand than
Greece’s economic woes.
Almost $US1.25 trillion ($1.83
trillion) in value has been wiped off
the Shanghai market alone since
June 12 — nearly eight times New
Zealand’s annual gross domestic
The Shanghai Composite Index
fell by more than 5% in early trading
yesterday after plunging 3.3% on
Monday and 7.4% on Friday.
It had bounced back into positive
territory by late afternoon.
The index gained a massive 150% in
the year to June 12, but has retreated
by about 18% since then.
Monetary easing and a downturn
in China’s property market had been
pushing Chinese investors towards
shares, while margin trading —
borrowing some of the cash required
for a transaction from a broker — also
helped fuel the market frenzy.
Friday ’s share sell-off prompted
China’s central bank to cut interest
rates at the weekend in the hope of
bolstering investor confidence, but it
failed to have the desired effect.
Meanwhile, Chinese economic
growth has slowed to its lowest rate
in decades and the country’s export
output plunged 15% in April.
ANZ chief economist Cameron
Bagrie said he was not overly
concerned about the situation in
Greece, where banks are shut this
week in an effort to stave off a run on
The country is heading for a default
on its debts and could potentially exit
“ When push comes to shove in
Greece, I think that story will be
contained because the European
Central Bank has got the firepower
to contain it,” Mr Bagrie said. “I’m
watching China a lot more than
New Zealand’s economic fortunes
are intertwined with China, which
was this country’s biggest export
market last year.
“ What is more relevant for the New
Zealand economy today and over the
next 12 to 24 months is going to be
the twists and turns in the Chinese
economy,” Mr Bagrie said. “ What
we’ve seen in China over the past few
days is developments moving at a very
He said the Chinese share sell-off
could be seen as a “natural correction
after moving through the stratosphere.
What goes up can come back down. ”
Zhang Gang, a strategist at Central
China Securities in Shanghai, told
Bloomberg the recent losses were the
result of “panic selling”.
The sell-off was likely to continue
as margin investors were forced to
liquidate their holdings, Mr Zhang
Mark Lister, head of private wealth
research at Craigs Investment
Partners, said the sharp fall in Chinese
equity values was partly a reflection of
the pronounced rally that took place
before the sell-off.
“Did the Chinese sharemarket
deser ve to double in a year? Of course
it didn’t. The fact that the heat has
come out of it is probably a good
Harbour Asset Management analyst
Shane Solly said the Chinese sell-off
highlighted the “extremes” that were
taking place in capital markets.
“The Greek situation is the one
that has the more immediate impact
for capital markets. The continued
slowdown in economic activity (in
China) is something we need to keep
an eye on.”
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Volatile China a warning for NZ
A talkback host ’s comments describing
award-winning New Zealand author
Eleanor Catton as an ‘ungrateful hua’
and a ‘traitor’ were not in breach of
The Broadcasting Standards Authority
(BSA) has declined to uphold two
complaints about Radio Live host Sean
Plunket ’s comments about Catton
speaking critically about the National
government at a literary festival in India
earlier this year.
Plunket called Catton an ‘ungrateful
hua’ and a ‘traitor’, among other things.
The BSA received complaints that
‘ bullying ’ and a personal attack on
The authority ’s decision said that “the
severity of Plunket ’s attack and the
hostility and aggression of the language
used raised the question of whether this
attack went too far”.
However, Plunket ’s comments did not
breach broadcasting standards, it ruled.
Catton was “powerfully exercising her
right to freedom of expression and has
had to suffer the responses including
those from the broadcaster”, the BSA
“Conversely, the broadcaster has
exercised its right to freedom of
expression and it will have suffered
consequences from those who objected
to what Mr Plunket said and the way in
which he said it.”
The decision from the authority
considered that “different views have
been expressed and have been evaluated
and those who have expressed or
broadcast these views have been judged
“This is how we think things are meant
to work in a liberal democracy.
“ We do not think that our society
would be better off if views such as
those of the radio host were staunched.”
The comments Plunket made were
within the expectations of talkback
radio listeners, the BSA said.
Northland MP Winston Peters
says National was clearly “bull
dusting” and has fallen far short
on its by-election promise to
ugrade 10 bridges in Northland
after the new national roading
plan only included four of the
bridges in question.
The new NZ Transport Agency ’s
national roading programme
up to 2018 includes $44 million
provisional funding to upgrade
four bridges in Northland —
those in Kaeo, Taipa and two
in Matakohe. Even for the
Matakohe bridges, the actual
construction is not scheduled to
begin until 2017-18 . The NZTA
said further bridges could be
considered in the 2018 plan but it
ruled out upgrading three of the
10 — including the Darbie and
Joan Bridge which is flanked by
two kauri trees.
Mr Peters, who criticised
National for making up the
10-bridges policy on the hop
during his successful tilt at the
byelection, said National had
misled voters. “I think they went
up there and bull dusted their way
round Northland. They ’ve spent
$333m on urban cycleways whilst
country roads have been left
totally in disrepair. And I’m going
to make sure Northlanders know
all about it.” Labour’s Transport
spokesman Phil Twyford also
scoffed at Mr Bridges, saying he
should be marked four out of 10.
He said Northland was not the
only region to miss out on hoped
for upgrades — NZTA also
declined to fund Motu Bridge
in Gisborne and the Opawa and
Wairau bridge in Marlborough.
Transport Minister Simon
Bridges said it was possible other
funding options could be found
for the bridges NZTA would
not fund them and he would ask
the NZTA to reconsider the two
bridges it had ruled out in 2018.
“The Government often funds
projects that don’t always meet
NZ Transport Agency criteria.
Investigations into these projects
will continue and I’m confident
we’ ll find funding to respond
to the needs of these regions.”
National’s by-election promise
was criticised as pork barrelling
after its candidate Mark Osborne
alongside Simon Bridges. The
promise was to upgrade 10
bridges within six years — giving
National until 2021 to fulfil it.
At the time, National promised
it would deliver on the promise
even if it lost the by-election and
Prime Minister John Key has said
National hopes to regain the seat
The estimated costs National
provided for all 10 were between
$32m and $69m. NZTA
estimates for roading realignment
and bridge upgrades for the four
it has approved total $44m.
The NZTA has included
funding for safety improvements
for State highway 1 and designate
a major trucking route along
Mangakahia Road as State
highway, meaning that NZTA
rather than local councils cover
the $5m cost of maintaining it.
Mr Bridges said National
remained committed to delivering
on its promise of 10 bridges, even
if it had to dip into a different
Crown pocket rather than rely
on the Transport Agency for
He said the preference was for
them to be funded by the NZTA
but the Government could use
Crown funding and would do
so even for those bridges that
the NZTA did not believe
needed upgrading. He denied
that effectively meant taxpayers
would foot the cost for upgrades
that were not needed for the
sake of a political argument. He
said the Government believed
the upgrades were important to
local communities for safety and
He said National had always
said it would be over six years and
the most urgent upgrades — in
Matakohe, Kaeo and Taipa —
would be done over the next three
years. “ We’ve made it quite clear
we are committed to doing those,
we will do them over six years.”
National falls far short
on bridge promise — Peters
Charging for police vetting
has been given the green light
despite concerns from charities
and volunteer groups about
crippling new costs.
A select committee has
recommended a law change that
will allow police to recover costs
for “demand ser vices” such as
criminal checks be passed into
The committee made minor
changes to the bill, including
tightening the definition of
“demand ser vices” so that it
was clear what police could not
The Labour Party said it would
still oppose the bill, because
the committee had ignored the
concerns of charities.
New Zealand First and the
Green Party also opposed the
voluntary sector spokeswoman
Poto Williams said groups
such as the Cancer Society
would face charges for each
criminal check unless they were
exempted by the Police
should be able to keep this
money and use it to do good in
their communities,” she said.
“Instead they are being used
as a source of revenue for an
underfunded police force.”
The Cancer Society told the
committee it needed to vet about
1500 people a year for volunteer
jobs such as driving terminally-
ill people to get treatment, and it
would face new costs of around
$10,500 unless it was exempted.
Other organisations including
Age Concern, the Teachers
Council, the Salvation Army and
the Blind Foundation expressed
been given powers to exempt
organisations from the charge
expected to be $5 to $7 per
check — but it is not clear what
criteria will be used or who will
Charities that submitted on the
bill said charges should be waived
if the organisation provided a
public good, depended solely
on donations and had large
proportions of volunteer staff.
Woodhouse’s office said he had
no plans to make any changes
with regard to waiving fees for
“ It has always been the intention
to provide for exemptions,” a
“ However, the exemptions will
occur through regulations, not
through the Cost Recovery Bill
which is an enabling legislation. ”
Labour MPs, in their report on
the bill, said the law change could
allow police to add new “user
pays” charges for core ser vices
without the scrutiny and debate
which came with legislative
They said search and rescue
could qualify as a “demand
ser vice” and could be charged for
checks was expected to raise
$2.2 million a year.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Police vetting charges proceed despite concerns
French couple Antoine Demolliens
and Morgane Silva, who had their
backpacks stolen in Napier on Sunday
night, left Hawke’s Bay yesterday almost
speechless with delight and gratitude.
Not only had their packs been
recovered, but they had also been
inundated with offers of food, money,
clothing and even replacement packs.
One woman approached police with
$300 to donate to the couple while
another had about $50 worth of food.
“People read what had happened and
started coming in yesterday morning
and they (the couple) were absolutely
overwhelmed — blown away,” said
Detective Inspector Mike Foster who
came across the distraught pair just
minutes after they discovered someone
had smashed their rental campervan
window and made off with their packs.
He said all the couple’s clothing in
the returned backpacks appeared to be
Mr Demolliens will travel home to
Marseille on Saturday to return to
work while Ms Silva is planning a short
South Island tour.
— N Z ME -Hawke’s Bay Today
Faced with a growing global
influx of fake makeup, the world’s
most counterfeited cosmetics
brand is warning customers to
beware of buying potentially
Tests have shown traces of urine,
arsenic and dangerous heavy
metals in eye and lip products
made in insanitary conditions,
mostly in China.
New Zealand is not immune to
what MAC describes as a “global
epidemic”, with customs having
intercepted 30 shipments of fake
MAC products at the border
in the past five years. Further
seizures have been made locally,
primarily from on-line sellers,
says its country general manager,
“D ue to their proximity to
China, Australia and New
are impacted by
counterfeit issues,” said Gregg
Mazzarro, senior vice-president
and deputy general counsel for
the Estee Lauder Companies.
unauthorised channels specific to
the New Zealand market include:
social media buy/sell groups,
individual websites, cosmetic
expos, cosmetic pop-up stores and
sellers that operate small retail
shops and night market kiosks.”
Action has been taken to shut
down several Facebook sellers.
Toxic alert over fake makeup
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