An internet scam using forged travellers cheques has been targetting people in Christchurch.
Four people, including one who was taken in, have reported being targetted.
Police say the scam begins with an email from a South African woman seeking holiday accommodation in New Zealand, and then paying by sending a large amount in travellers cheques.
Senior Constable Kirk Newman says the recipient is asked to send the excess amount back via Western Union.
Once the money has been wired, the person is left with bogus cheques and no cash.