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We are aware of the enormous impact that COVID-19 is having on the lives of all New Zealanders and we wanted to advise you about how it will affect the SFO and its work.

The SFO’s physical office will be closed and all our employees will be working from home for the foreseeable future. You will therefore not be able to meet with any SFO employees in person. However, if you do wish to make a complaint in relation to serious or complex fraud then please do contact us in the usual way through our website. We continue to rely on New Zealanders to call out fraudulent conduct when they become aware of it and we want that to continue even during this difficult time.

If you have been in contact with a member of the SFO about an inquiry or investigation that is currently underway and have any questions about that matter, then please contact the person you have been dealing with directly and they will assist you.

We are also aware from our international counterparts that other countries have seen a significant rise in fraudulent activity as a result of COVID-19. This has reflected both the opportunistic targeting of those in need, as well as the redeployment of established criminal activity to defraud government relief programmes. Fraudsters will often target people when they are at their most vulnerable and their methods can include online scams, bank account fraud, investment fraud and the offer of services (such as goods delivery) that are not real. Please continue to be aware of the risk of fraud and be protective of your personal details and financial information. If you become aware of conduct that you think may be fraudulent, then please do contact us or NZ Police.

The SFO will continue to perform its role of investigating and prosecuting serious and complex fraud (including bribery and corruption) and anyone who is found to have taken advantage of COVID-19 to engage in such conduct will be held to account.

Julie Read

Director and Chief Executive

Use of external security consultants by SFO

See attached a letter dated 22 August 2018 by the General Counsel of the SFO regarding the agency's use of external security consultants.   

International Public Sector Fraud Forum

UK Minister for the Constitution on the establishment of the International Public Sector Fraud Forum, which the Serious Fraud Office is New Zealand’s representative on.

The Forum was established by the United Kingdom to share best practice in the detection and prevention of fraud and other economic crime. The article - linked to above - is about a speech made by the UK Minister for the Constitution about the establishment and progress of the Forum.