Identity theft

  • Protecting your identity

    Your identity is one of the most valuable things you have. Being able to prove who you are is important for most aspects of your life – from getting a home loan to starting a new job to buying something online. If criminals steal your identity, you may find everyday activities like these more difficult. The stress and financial costs can last for years.

    The booklet ‘Protecting Your Identity’ contains information on how to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft and what to do if your identity has been stolen.

    Ref source: Protecting your Identity 2013-Attorney General Dept, © Commonwealth of Australia, viewed 4/5/14, www.ag.gov.au

  • How to reduce your risk of identity theft

    Remember to:

    1. Secure your personal documents at home, when you are travelling and if you need to destroy them.

    2. Secure your mailbox with a lock and when you move, redirect your mail.

    3. Be cautious about using social media and limit the amount of personal information you publish online.

    4. Secure your computer and mobile phone using security software and strong passwords.

    5. Learn how to avoid common scams by visiting the SCAMWATCH website. http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

    6. Be cautious about requests for your personal information over the internet, phone and in person in case it is a scam.

    7. Investigate the arrival of new credit cards you didn’t ask for or bills for goods and services that aren’t yours.

    8. Be alert for any unusual bank transactions or missing mail.

    9. If you are a victim of identity theft, report it to the police and any relevant organisations.

    10. Order a free copy of your credit report from a credit reporting agency on a regular basis, particularly if your identity has been stolen.

     

    Ref source: Protecting your Identity 2013-Attorney General Dept, © Commonwealth of Australia, viewed 4/5/14, www.ag.gov.au