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Identity fraud

Identity fraud is an increasing problem in Australia and the two main types of identity fraud are:

  • Stolen identities
  • Creation of false identities

Criminals may steal someone's identity documents from their home, car or personal belongings.

Stolen identities are often used by criminals to establish bank accounts or gain credit.

Here are some useful tips to protect your identity.

  • Ensure your mailbox is secure
  • If travelling, divert your mail to the local post office
  • Never leave your wallet/purse in a vehicle or unsecured
  • Destroy all surplus banking records, such as statements, using a shredder
  • Never put documents containing personal information in household rubbish
  • Maintain appropriate security settings on social media pages

For more information on how to protect your identity visit the Protect Financial ID website.

The website is supported by the Australian Banker's Association, Australian High Tech Crime Centre and Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

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