Fake ATO Tax Bill scam

I just got another scam robo-call claiming to be the ATO. There was a writ for my arrest, issues were found in my audit, paperwork returned unsigned and undelivered, lien of my account, tax avoidance, tax fraud and more dire and legal-sounding phrases that I’ll document next time they call.

The number this time was 03 9028 5839 (AKA +61390285839). It seems this scam has taken off in the last 24 hours.

The ATO do not robo-call with dire threats and don’t take payments over the phone to make it go away. So folks please hang up on them.

I decided to check out how the scam operated. So I hit the number to talk to an office. 12 rings later I was connected via VOIP to an Indian call centre. It may have been in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka, I don’t know.

He wanted my name. I told him he’d called me. No he didn’t. After a few of these, he hung up. More later when I call them back.

Other numbers used by this scam:

  • 02 9028 8603 or +61 2 9028 8603
  • 02 9028 7143 or +61 2 9028 7143
  • 02 9028 8976 or +61 2 9028 8976
  • Best to avoid 02 9028 and 03 9028

The Capital Class online trading scam

Update 19 June 2020 Many people are finding this website again, which means The Capital Class online trading scam has started calling again. Please add a comment with the number that called you and any details about the call. Folks it is a scam!

Just got a call from 02 8040 5542 allegedly from Emma Brown at The Capital Class. The usual rubbish that I responded with my phone and email to an online ad. I said I didn’t.

The pitch always says “we help people make money with online trading, do you have any experience with online trading?” Doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no, the script continues.

Some backwards and forwards until I asked them how their scam worked. She wasn’t going to “waste my time” if I’m going to talk about scams. She went on with, “Would we scam people with cents in their bank account or would we scam people with millions and billions in their bank account.”

I really didn’t have time to conduct my usual interview to waste their time and find out more about them.

UPDATE: 12 Feb 2020 Working late on a project at an office, the phone rang from 02 8827 5828 allegedly from Roe Peterson (who claimed to be born in Bagota, Colombia but based in London at Covent Garden). Same claim that I’d responded to a web ad online. Except he called me on an office number that is unlisted and didn’t have my name.

I spent 30 minutes while I ate dinner getting him to jump through the spiel. I checked out their website. And got offered the limited time coupon to save $150 USD on their popular membership package.

What a scammer! They claim to be regulated by UK FCA number 90/353. There are no results on the Register for Capital Class. Roe went on, “oh it’s not on our website.” The Capital Class is not on the UK Financial Conduct Authority Register either.

He then claimed to be “internally regulated in Australia”. What does that even mean?

Dinner eaten I pointed out that he was operating illegally and need an Australian financial services licence (AFS licence) for financial service providers to cold call in Australia. I asked him to google Capital Class scam where this article shows up in the top 3 results.

He laughed and offered to send me $100-which is what Emma did last time too! Their script is identical when called a scammer. Unlucky for me he hung up before getting my postal address.

Legitimate financial service providers do not register their domains at Godaddy and do not hide their ICANN registration details in whois.

   Domain Name: THECAPITALCLASS.COM
   Registry Domain ID: 2461203559_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
   Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
   Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
   Updated Date: 2019-11-29T12:24:15Z
   Creation Date: 2019-11-29T12:11:33Z
   Registry Expiry Date: 2020-11-29T12:11:33Z
   Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
   Registrar IANA ID: 146
   Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
   Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: 480-624-2505
   Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
   Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited
   Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
   Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited
   Name Server: TIM.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
   Name Server: VIOLET.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
   DNSSEC: unsigned
   URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
>>> Last update of whois database: 2020-02-12T08:46:19Z <<<

Domain Name: thecapitalclass.com
Registry Domain ID: 2461203559_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2019-11-29T12:11:34Z
Creation Date: 2019-11-29T12:11:33Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-11-29T12:11:33Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
Registrant Name: Registration Private
Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Registrant Street: 14455 N. Hayden Road
Registrant City: Scottsdale
Registrant State/Province: Arizona
Registrant Postal Code: 85260
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: thecapitalclass.com@domainsbyproxy.com
Registry Admin ID: Not Available From Registry
Admin Name: Registration Private
Admin Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Admin Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Admin Street: 14455 N. Hayden Road
Admin City: Scottsdale
Admin State/Province: Arizona
Admin Postal Code: 85260
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.4806242599
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +1.4806242598
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: thecapitalclass.com@domainsbyproxy.com
Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
Tech Name: Registration Private
Tech Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Tech Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Tech Street: 14455 N. Hayden Road
Tech City: Scottsdale
Tech State/Province: Arizona
Tech Postal Code: 85260
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.4806242599
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +1.4806242598
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: thecapitalclass.com@domainsbyproxy.com
Name Server: TIM.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: VIOLET.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2020-02-12T08:00:00Z <<<

Neo Capital Crypto Scam

Neo Capital called from 0202137180 claiming to be in the UK. It was a terrible VOIP connection.

The usual “You registered on our website, but probably forgot or it was a while ago. You indicated interest in investing.” Um, no I didn’t.

The “Financial Consultant” had an American accent, but obviously not a native speaker. Possibly East Asian or Eastern European. She tried to get me to install AnyDesk so she could help me. I obviously refused.

She said they were affiliated with Coinbase which I doubt except maybe they refer some clients there as an Affiliate Marketer.

Claimed they were regulated by FCA (UK), “Just like Coinbase is.” I pointed out that cold calling Australians offering investment advice is illegal, they are an unregistered and therefore unregulated financial advisor and by definition as scam.

She persisted!

Tried to get me to register on Switchere and CREX24 Crypto exchange websites. Both hide their WHOIS registration data so I don’t trust them. Finally got her to tell me the URL of their company which she claimed was neocapgroup [dot] com but she got it wrong three times, so they may not even bother having a website.

Man! They really wanted my $150 initial investment. She kept asking me if I was going to invest or should she call her next client.

I after 27 minutes I was escalated to their Senior Financial Advisor – Ben Gray (or Grey?). He claimed his grandfather was English but he was raised in Romania, but he didn’t respond to my “how you doin’?” in Romanian.

Finally their plan becomes clear. They want me to buy Bitcoin and then use that to buy a “fresh” crypto currency that is recently launched, but I have to buy it on a “Coinbase affiliated website”. So it’s a pump and dump scheme with a Bitcoin transaction to help clean the audit trail.

After 41 minutes I was bored with wasting their time so repeatedly accused them of being scammers. I suggested that if Neo Capital could show me a single regulator with whom they were registered I’d invest $150. They couldn’t.

Stay safe in 2020

Income Class Online Trading Scam

Income Class just called from +44 20 0689 8239 on an awful laggy VOIP line.

They had my name, phone number and email address and claimed I’d registered on their site to make additional full-time income in online trading. Of course I didn’t register, I’d never heard of them.

Their website is IncomeClass [dot] net and is a clone of another scam TrueCapitalPro [dot] com. Both seem to be by Enigma GRC Limited

Their sales pitch assumed I didn’t know anything about trading. I didn’t have time to string him along today. Plus the poor quality line meant I could hear myself echoed back.

Once I started asking questions about his assumptions, he dropped the call.

They’re WHOIS information is obfuscated, but the registrar claims the domain is for sale.

$ whois incomeclass.com
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    Domain Name: INCOMECLASS.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 2296309444_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namebright.com
    Registrar URL: http://www.DropCatch1474.com
    Updated Date: 2019-08-12T07:31:23Z
    Creation Date: 2018-08-11T18:26:08Z
    Registry Expiry Date: 2020-08-11T18:26:08Z
    Registrar: DropCatch.com 1474 LLC
    Registrar IANA ID: 3683
    Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
    Name Server: NS3.AFTERNIC.COM
    Name Server: NS4.AFTERNIC.COM
    DNSSEC: unsigned
    URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
 >>> Last update of whois database: 2019-12-05T07:13:41Z <<<
 

 Domain Name: IncomeClass.com
 Registry Domain ID: 2296309444_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
 Registrar WHOIS server: whois.NameBright.com
 Registrar URL: http://www.NameBright.com
 Updated Date: 2019-08-12T00:00:00.000Z
 Creation Date: 2018-08-11T18:26:08.000Z
 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-08-11T00:00:00.000Z
 Registrar: DropCatch.com 1474 LLC
 Registrar IANA ID: 3683
 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@NameBright.com
 Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.7204960020
 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
 Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
 Registrant Name: Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale
 Registrant Organization: HugeDomains.com
 Registrant Street: 2635 Walnut Street
 Registrant City: Denver
 Registrant State/Province: CO
 Registrant Postal Code: 80205
 Registrant Country: US
 Registrant Phone: +1.3038930552
 Registrant Phone Ext: 
 Registrant Fax: 
 Registrant Fax Ext: 
 Registrant Email: domains@hugedomains.com
 Registry Admin ID: Not Available From Registry
 Admin Name: Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale
 Admin Organization: HugeDomains.com
 Admin Street: 2635 Walnut Street
 Admin City: Denver
 Admin State/Province: CO
 Admin Postal Code: 80205
 Admin Country: US
 Admin Phone: +1.3038930552
 Admin Phone Ext: 
 Admin Fax: 
 Admin Fax Ext: 
 Admin Email: domains@hugedomains.com
 Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
 Tech Name: Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale
 Tech Organization: HugeDomains.com
 Tech Street: 2635 Walnut Street
 Tech City: Denver
 Tech State/Province: CO
 Tech Postal Code: 80205
 Tech Country: US
 Tech Phone: +1.3038930552
 Tech Phone Ext: 
 Tech Fax: 
 Tech Fax Ext: 
 Tech Email: domains@hugedomains.com
 Name Server: ns3.afternic.com
 Name Server: ns4.afternic.com
 DNSSEC: unsigned
 URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
 http://wdprs.internic.net
 >>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2019-12-05T06:36:37.786Z <<<
 

 Domain Name: IncomeClass.com
 Registry Domain ID: 2296309444_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
 Registrar WHOIS server: whois.NameBright.com
 Registrar URL: http://www.NameBright.com
 Updated Date: 2019-08-12T00:00:00.000Z
 Creation Date: 2018-08-11T18:26:08.000Z
 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-08-11T00:00:00.000Z
 Registrar: DropCatch.com 1474 LLC
 Registrar IANA ID: 3683
 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@NameBright.com
 Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.7204960020
 Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
 Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
 Registrant Name: Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale
 Registrant Organization: HugeDomains.com
 Registrant Street: 2635 Walnut Street
 Registrant City: Denver
 Registrant State/Province: CO
 Registrant Postal Code: 80205
 Registrant Country: US
 Registrant Phone: +1.3038930552
 Registrant Phone Ext: 
 Registrant Fax: 
 Registrant Fax Ext: 
 Registrant Email: domains@hugedomains.com
 Registry Admin ID: Not Available From Registry
 Admin Name: Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale
 Admin Organization: HugeDomains.com
 Admin Street: 2635 Walnut Street
 Admin City: Denver
 Admin State/Province: CO
 Admin Postal Code: 80205
 Admin Country: US
 Admin Phone: +1.3038930552
 Admin Phone Ext: 
 Admin Fax: 
 Admin Fax Ext: 
 Admin Email: domains@hugedomains.com
 Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
 Tech Name: Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale
 Tech Organization: HugeDomains.com
 Tech Street: 2635 Walnut Street
 Tech City: Denver
 Tech State/Province: CO
 Tech Postal Code: 80205
 Tech Country: US
 Tech Phone: +1.3038930552
 Tech Phone Ext: 
 Tech Fax: 
 Tech Fax Ext: 
 Tech Email: domains@hugedomains.com
 Name Server: ns3.afternic.com
 Name Server: ns4.afternic.com
 DNSSEC: unsigned
 URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
 http://wdprs.internic.net
 >>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2019-12-05T06:36:37.786Z <<< 

True Capital Pro Forex Cold Call Scam

I just received a call claiming to be from True Capital Pro. They claim to be based in Covent Garden in London but it sounded like a Philippines call centre.

They claim to have exclusive software that scans the markets 20 times per second.

They said I’d responded to a current campaign looking for a secondary source of income.

They said their commission is just 3% so that absolutely aligns their interests with their customers. So much so that they’d assign an experienced mentor to help me make $30-$70 AUD per day.

The minimum investment was just $200 USD which is $300 AUD exactly.

Most importantly they claimed to be regulated in Australia. Without taking a breath he told me not to worry about it because I obviously have never traded before.

This is all a lie. Actually MetaTrader 5 software does real-time market scanning, but it’s hardly exclusive. And most of the scammers don’t run a true data feed. Instead they manipulate the data when they need to give you the illusion of profits and then manipulate again when they need to wipe your position out.

He asked what I did for a living, I answered “I write about scammers who illegally call people with forex scams.” He didn’t even listen to that an moved on with his script.

They didn’t even bother exposing their fake Australian phone number on the call. It was just “No Caller ID”. This is the second call from them, but I was driving the first time so couldn’t take notes.

While demanding to know who is regulating their brokerage business in Australia he said he wasn’t here to argue with me and hung up.

This is exactly the same modus operandi every other scam company out there does, collectively they have stolen millions globally from their clients. truecapitalpro.com (don’t click that link – I’ve already told you it’s a scam so it redirects back to this post)

Your Account Is Locked Scam SMS

I received this SMS today from +61 448 111 215

Your account is locked. Proceed with additional verification. https://online-banking-nab.com/.cgi

scam SMS text message

This is a scam. What are the clues?

  1. It’s from a random Australian mobile number. Banks don’t use mobile numbers to send messages.
  2. The domain looks like NAB but it is actually online-banking-nab as a dot com. Australian banks don’t use .com they use .com.au and don’t put dashes in their URLs
  3. The .cgi at the end (note that is dot CGI). This hides the directory on the server so the admin can’t see it in a casual scan.
  4. Legitimate Australian Bank’s messages contain much more additional information and mention what to do if you weren’t expecting this SMS

Even if an SMS passed those tests I still treat every SMS purporting to be from a bank as suspicious.

Luckily Google Chrome, Safari, iPhone Safari and Firefox have already blocked that Deceptive Site URL using Google Safe Browsing with a Deceptive Website Warning.

Scam Lottery Winner SMS

If you play lotteries you already have a way of being notified if you win.

If you don’t play lotteries you can’t win and any message about winning is a scam.

Here are the scams I receive. Comment below with yours. If you don’t want to use your email address to comment, please use [number-you-are-reporting]@wealthesteem.org or use bugmenot.com

+61 403 089 042 (aka 0403 089 042) sent

YES: Your [mobile number] has hit this year Donationz for GB-6.5,000.000 Pound. To Collect, Visit http://bit.ly/2mm0WDE+ go on CLIAMS & enter XY4132ZA

Requesting Removal of Information from Wealthesteem.org

If you wish to request the removal of anything from wealthesteem.org you are hereby instructed to provide the following:

  • URL of the page text or image you are requesting removed.
  • name, address, phone and email address of the business organisation making the request.
  • name, address, phone and email address of the individual responsible for the request.
  • authorisation/capacity for individual making the request.
  • grounds for making the request.

This is quite simple procedure that the internet has adopted for nearly 20 years. If you want something removed, explain where it is, what it is, who you are, who you represent, and why you request it be removed.

Until you can provide that information I cannot tell if you are actually the complaining entity or an impersonator or possibly even a troll. There have been many impersonators on this site.

Is this Investment Call a Scam?

You’ve just received a phone call on your mobile (a.k.a. cell) phone. The nice person on the end of the line is lovely, polite, smart and caring. They care deeply about you and they have amazing investment opportunities for their clients.

It’s very rude to assume this nice person is a fraud, thief or scammer. So push that thought right out of you mind. But, a nagging thought made you look things up on the internet, “just in case”.

How can you tell if that call is from a fraud, cheat, thief or scammer? Here are 12 ways to tell that the nice person on the phone is a scammer. Note this is a list of red flags, answering Yes to any one question implies it’s a scam.

  1. Have you heard of the company before?
    If you didn’t and you did not talk someone in the previous 24 hours who mentioned that company name explicitly to you and asked to call you back, it’s a scam.
    It’s that simple, if the call is not from your bank, insurance company or stockbroker and you are not an active trader attending networking events, what makes them think you’re a prospect for their marketing call?
  2. Can you fund your initial position with a credit card?
    Real brokers will not accept credit cards, because the fees are too high and customers can charge back deposits in most jurisdictions.
  3. Can you fund the account with as little as $250 US Dollars?
    Even the largest and cheapest US stock brokers charge about $10 per trade so that represents 4% of your capital. Factor the cost of the call, plus time and infrastructure to make these marketing calls, $10 does not represent a decent return on investment for the call centre. Not all Dealer-Brokers charge brokerage. Forex and CFD charge a spread between buying and selling. The fundamental financial equation does not change, it takes thousands of dollars in fees to justify a broker’s one-on-one time and attention.
  4. Is the caller from outside your national jurisdiction (i.e. overseas)?
    Calling across borders has been the basis of investment scams since the invention of the telephone. If your local Securities Law enforcement organisation can’t touch the dealer-broker, you can’t be protected by them.
  5. Does the caller speak with an accent different from your own?
    If the person calling speaks English, French, Russian or your local language but not with your local accent and you can’t visit their local office today, it’s a scam. I’ve had brokers in Sydney, Australia who had a foreign accept, but I can walk into their offices during business hours. I can’t do that with the broker-dealers who’ve called claiming to be in London, Hong Kong or Tokyo.
  6. Is the caller pitching something you’ve never heard of?
    If you are not a sophisticated investor who regularly reviews private placements, and the call is pitching something you’ve never heard of, it’s a scam. Even if you’ve only heard of it in the news (like “bitcoin”) it’s a scam.
  7. Does the caller mention the words ICO (Initial Coin Offering), Bitcoin, Blockchain, Coin  or crypto? 
    If you’ve never invested in Bitcoin or other crypto-currency and those words come up, it’s a scam. If you want to buy bitcoin (or any of the alt-coins) for the first time, meet someone IRL (in real life( in a public place and exchange cash for the digital currency. People like that exist, they’re not all drug dealers.
  8. Is the phrase “Binary Options” used?
    Seriously Israel has banned Israelis from promoting Binary Options outside of Israel because it is that big a scam. It’s up there with the Nigerian Princes.
  9. Do they offer to remotely log into your computer to set you up on the trading platform?
    If they offer to use Team Viewer (or other remote desktop software)  to help set up your account, it’s a scam. If you can’t set up the trading platform without them taking over your computer you don’t have the IT and security skills to use their trading platform safely. It’s a scam to see how much money you have in your bank account. Normally by this time you’ve already sent them money. Cancel you credit cards and stop talking to them right now.
  10. Is this a cold call?
    If you receive a cold call, it’s a scam. Cold calling is dead in the internet era. Every legitimate marketing move is about attracting warm leads from customers who want to call the supplier. Insurance companies don’t cold call. Credit card companies don’t cold call. Car dealerships don’t cold call. Legitimate investment advisors do not cold call.
  11. Does the caller lack an active LinkedIn account?
    Note the existence of a LinkedIn profile is not any guarantee, if could be fake. Check if their connections are all in the finance game. If so, they’re fake. Brokers are sales people and they love having lots of connections. Thousands to tens-of-thousands of connections. Ask for all their social media accounts. Do a search for the firm name and the results should be a lot of people who work or have previously worked there.
  12. Bonus for the cautious – Is the caller speaking a recognisable language?
    This is a variation on “if their lips are moving, they are lying”.  If you want to invest in a new area, do your research and reach out to someone. Never accept a call from someone you don’t know who wants you to give them your money. Always ask for a recommendation from someone more experienced than you.

No Bitcoin for Sir John Key Former NZ PM

Sir John Key, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand has never invested in Bitcoin. He is not promoting cryptocurrency. If you see it on your news feed or on a website it’s a scam.

Scammers on social media Facebook and Twitter and other sites have set up fake websites to look like the New Zealand Herald. With that photo and a pull quote claiming

I have invested in Bitcoin because I believe in its potential, the capacity it has to transform global payments is very exciting.

~ Never said by John Key 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand but actually said by Richard Branson

Scammers never fully abandon an idea, this will be recycled when the bad publicity dies down.

The article quotes Key as saying he turned a $1000 investment into $300 Million in seven years using a “bitcoin loophole”. Supposedly you can make hundreds of millions of dollars without understanding the market, without effort and without risk.

There’s a hint. Anybody selling you something that uses a “loophole” is a scam, 100% of the time. People who actually discover loopholes (or correlations) keep the secret to themselves while they make money on this arbitrage. When the process stops working efficiently, they sell it to other fools people.

Sir John Key tried to get Facebook to take down ads using the fake image and website. Initially Facebook refused and resisted despite it being an obvious scam. Hopefully six months later and with all the focus on fake news, it looks like the ads are no longer visible on Facebook, but a source who knows Sir John says he is still frustrated and annoyed by these scammers.

The NZ Herald also worked to get the fake site taken down and appears to have succeeded. However the registry information shows the bisimfinance domain is still registered.

Sir John Key made his fortune as a currency trader before entering politics. His net worth is estimated at $65 million NZD.