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$15m offer too good to be true
Yeah right: A
good to be
true set alarm
bells off for
A Gore resident is urging
people to be wary of sus-
picious mail after becoming
the target of an international
The man, who approached
received a dubious-looking
letter in the mail informing
him that someone bearing the
same surname had passed
away, leaving a sum of US$15
million in a floating fund in an
The writer of the letter,
identifying themselves as the
chief auditor of Financial
Investment Company Limited,
Andreas Peterson, claimed
because the receiver of the
letter had the same surname
as the deceased, they have
chosen him to be the recipient
of a percentage of the cash. Sound too
good to be true?
It is. A quick Google search of the
company comes up with nothing, while a
search of the name takes you straight to
the New Zealand Department of Internal
Affairs postal scam page.
Scams are not new, but increasingly
deceptive scam artists preying on
vulnerable people continue to be a
The Department of Internal Affairs
website lists six different postal scams
reported in 2013 already.
The website lists a number of ways to
assist in identifying scams, advising
people to be wary if there are too many
spelling and grammatical errors, you
don't know the sender, or you have
inherited money from a relative you
have never heard of.
Ava Wiegersma started at St
Mary's School on Monday,
Tai Symons started at Pukerau
School on Tuesday, January 29.
Exchange time: St Peter's teacher Aidan Forbes, right, is hoping to set up an exchange programme
with McCarthy High School in Tamworth to strengthen sporting and cultural ties with the sister city.
Students Daniel Bastiaansen, Vanessa Harvey and Jenny Mitchell are all for the plan.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627610959
St Peter's plans exchange
with Tamworth school
By BRIDGET RAILTON
Ties to Tamworth continue to strengthen
with a second high school in Gore
considering a sister-school relationship
with an Australian counterpart.
Gore's St Peter's college is considering
setting up a trans-Tasman exchange
programme with McCarthy High in
Tamworth following a teacher's visit
during Tamworth's Country Music Festi-
Teacher Aidan Forbes, who accompanied
his wife Young Ambassador Shanna Forbes
to the festival, had been in discussions with
staff at McCarthy on the possibility of
strengthening the relationship between the
Forbes said such an exchange would have
widespread benefits for both the school and
the wider community.
''Tamworth, being Gore's sister city, it's a
similar background. Their culture and
sports are very similar to our own.''
Having the ties with McCarthy would help
facilitate sporting, cultural and academic
exchanges between the schools.
It would also mean increased support for
both towns around the times of each
country music festival as performers from
each school could more easily travel
between the two.
St Peter's principal John Hogue said a
stronger tie between the two schools was
something they had discussed in the past
and considered it to be ''a sensible idea''.
Gore High already runs a sister school
exchange with Tamworth's Oxley High
School, but this was the first such
relationship between Catholic schools in
If the programme were to go ahead, Forbes
was hoping to get the first exchange
underway within the next year.
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