Manukau Courier : February 13th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz NEWS MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 Top mark wins entry into Cambridge ‘ By TAO LIN Eric Jou is on top of the world after conquering one of the most difficult Cambridge exam subjects available. The ACG Strathallan student received a perfect score of 100 per cent in Cambridge International Exams further mathematics. That result earned him the Top in the World award. To top it off, the 18-year-old Manukau resident has also been accepted into Cambridge University to study medicine. That opportunity was made avail- able on the condition that he achieve two A marks and one A★ (over 90 per cent). Eric is ‘‘beyond elated’’, especially To study medicine has always been my passion, having witnessed both my parents treating patients in their hospital and the smile on the patients’ face when effectively treated seems invaluable to me – Eric Jou ’ since he’s wanted to achieve Top in the World for maths since he was in year 10. ‘‘I was confident in getting an A★ ,’’ Eric says. ‘‘But I did not think that I would have gotten 100 per cent and The Reserve Bank is warning people to avoid fraudsters who use its name to make their scams appear genuine. The scammers usually tell The scammers use our their victims they need to make a small payment to get a large sum of money from a tax refund, charity donation, inheritance, government bonus or some type of unclaimed money. They ask for immediate pay- ment by internet money transfer, a remittance service or by entering credit card details into a form on a website. ‘‘If a total stranger contacts you and offers a large sum of money in return for paying a small fee, then they’re most – Reserve Bank name...to reassure victims that the scam is genuine achieve the Top in the World award for further maths.’’ Both his parents are doctors so Eric discovered his career path early on. ‘‘To study medicine has always been my passion, having witnessed both my parents treating patients in their hospital and the smile on the patients’ face when effectively treated seems invaluable to me,’’ he says. ‘‘I would like to do just the same, to help others and to make a difference.’’ Pursuing his interests has allowed him to do well and he’s encouraging other students to take on subjects they are passionate about. Bank issues scam warning ‘ ’ likely trying to rip you off,’’ a Reserve Bank spokesperson says. Scammers try to reassure their victims by claiming to be from the Reserve Bank, by saying that documents have been lodged with the bank or that it can provide a ‘‘receipt number’’ or other proof that a ‘‘release payment’’ has been made. ‘‘The scammers use our name He plans to treat patients in hospitals after he finishes his university studies and has a long-term goal to get involved with medical research. But for now, he’s spending the next nine months leading up to the start of university learning how to drive. Maths genius: Eric Jou achieved 100 per cent in Cambridge exam subject further maths, earning him a Top in the World award as well as entry into Cambridge University’s medicine programme. 7 in order to reassure victims that the scam is genuine – but the Reserve Bank is not involved with tax refunds, transfers of unclaimed money, verifying charity donations, paying inheritances, settling deceased estates or any of the other fake stories that scammers use to lure their victims.’’ The bank advises people to not transfer money or pay anyone in response to such phone calls and emails. They should simply hang up the phone and do not respond to their emails. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs publishes information on scams, including a description of the upfront payment scam.
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