Sharon Armstrong (Ngati Kahungunu), became a victim of romance fraud in April 2011, when she was arrested at an airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with five kilos of cocaine concealed in a suitcase. She spent 2.5 years in prison in Argentina, far from her family and friends, fighting to prove that she knew nothing of the drugs she was carrying.
Sharon filmed 2 videos for us during Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa in April 2020, to enable her experiences in Argentina to help us during lockdown. Her first video, Staying safe and well in isolation, is available here.
In her second video, Sharon shares her valuable learnings of what we can do to keep the most vulnerable among us safe from online fraudsters and scammers, who may be looking to exploit those feeling isolated during lockdown.