National Consumer Fraud Week 2015
Sadly, identity theft is now one of the most common crimes in Australia, and can lead to all sorts of associated illegal activities.
Scammers steal your personal details to commit fraudulent activities. They may make unauthorised purchases on your credit card, or use your identity to open accounts such as banking, telephone or energy services. They might take out loans or carry out other illegal business under your name. They may even sell your information to other scammers for further illegal use.
These days scammers are after more than just financial information. All your personal details including photos, date of birth, home address, Tax File Number and driver’s license numbers are valuable to scammers. These are your unique identification records that are often used to verify who you are.
Having your identity stolen can be both financially and emotionally devastating. It can take months to reclaim your identity and the impact of having it stolen can last for years.