A recent New Zealand Herald article discusses techniques used by 'student scammers' to save money. Some of them are quite good:
- Avoided paying $18 to go up the Sky Tower by booking for the tower restaurant then cancelling.
- Flew Air NZ domestic on reduced rates by booking child tickets (under 12) on the internet, getting their boarding passes electronically and carrying hand luggage only.
- Used a "return to sender" ploy to send letters without stamps.
Co-editor Lincoln Tan, who wrote the story, said all but one of the scammers were Chinese on student or temporary work permits.Wow. That's amazing. Especially considering that the newspaper Tan edits (iBall) is specifically aimed at foreign students. Looks like I'm the one 'scammer' that isn't a Chinese student.