Protecting your Identity

The Australian Government is concerned about the incidence of identity crime in Australia and internationally. Identity crime refers to offences in which a perpetrator uses a false identity in order to facilitate the commission of a crime. identity crime is sometimes referred to as identity fraud, or identity theft.

Warning signs

  • You get an email, SMS or a phone call out of the blue asking you to ‘validate’ or ‘confirm’ banking details.
  • You notice that amounts of money go missing from your bank account without any explanations.
  • The caller pushes you to provide personal information and discourages you from checking if it’s a genuine request.
  • You are unable to obtain credit or a loan because of an inexplicably bad credit rating.

 

The Australian Government website offers some interesting documents to read in regards to identity theft.