An Auckland couple is beyond relieved after coming just seconds away from losing half a million dollars in a sophisticated banking scam, Newshub reports. Westpac, the bank the scam artists pretended to be from, has now issued a public warning about the scam and urged anyone who had been targeted by it to contact them. Westpac NZ chief risk officer Carolyn Kidd said the scammers have put significant effort into making it look authentic.