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(such as account numbers, credit
card numbers, PINs or passwords)
in an email as it is not secure.
Scammers can intercept your email,
find out your email address and
guess your online email password.
Never do internet banking on public
computers.Public computers may
have less security than your own
and the details of your activities
may be stored.
When you use a secure website
on your computer make sure you
always log out fully.
Disable pop-ups in your browser so
that scammers cannot install a key-
logger program on your PC. Most
internet browsers let you block pop-
ups by selecting turn on pop-up
blocker or a variation of this term
under the tools or settings menu.
For more information about identity theft
and other types of scams visit: www.fido.
gov.au and www.protectfinancialid.org.au
Email ASIC with topics that interest you at:
Identity theft is becoming common. ASIC
Chairman Tony D'Aloisio says protect your
THE Australian Bureau of
Statistics reported that in
2007 there were more than
620,000 victims of identity
fraud and identity theft in Australia.
Identity theft is where someone
wrongfully obtains and uses another
person's personal data in a way that
involves fraud or deception.
Typically, it's when a criminal steals
or comes into possession of your per-
sonal information such as your name,
passwords, credit/debit card details,
address, date of birth, bank account
or driver's licence and assumes your
identity to commit fraud.
If you use online banking you
should be particularly careful.
Scammers can use software to spy on
Pte Jones receives an email that
appears to be from his bank asking
him to re-confirm his personal details
and re-set his password. The email
looks genuine and he thinks it is a
Clicking on the link he is taken to a
plain-looking website where he is sup-
posed to enter his details. Alarm bells
ring and he decides to phone his bank
to see if the request is legitimate. They
say it's a scam where criminals collect
personal details and passwords.
The bank also says that they would
never ask someone to provide personal
details through an email.
Protect your identity
Check your credit report at least
once a year. This way you can make
sure no-one is using your name to
borrow money or run up debts. You
can get a free copy of your credit
report from Veda Advantage and
Dun and Bradstreet.
Thoroughly check your account
statements and make sure you
receive all expected mail. Follow up
any unfamiliar transactions on your
bank account statement.
Destroy personal information --
don't just throw it out. You should
shred or cut up old bills, account
statements or cards to prevent
scammers from getting hold of your
Lock your letterbox and check it
regularly. If you are going away ask
a neighbour you can trust to collect
your mail for you or ask the post
office to keep it until you return.
Make your passwords for online
activities such as banking, hard
to guess.Use combinations of let-
ters, numbers and punctuation and
change your passwords frequently.
Never put financial information
There are a number of differ-
ent ways scammers can steal
your identity. They can easily
get a lot of personal informa-
tion about you from:
Your wallet or purse;
Rummaging through your
rubbish or stealing your
If you think your identity
has been compromised you
should contact the following
Your financial institution to
report any unauthorised
Your local police;
Your local post office to see
if your mail has been divert-
ed to another address;
A credit reporting agency
to let them know your credit
report may have been
Beat identity thieves
Frequent flyer card
Health insurance card
Public transport passes
PINs on scraps of paper
Paid phone bill
Paid electricity bill
Internet bank logon on a
scrap of paper
Security: With all this material in a wallet or handbag you're handing a
scammer your life on a plate and possibly enough ID points to get a passport
in your name.
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