Protecting Your Identity
How much is your identity worth to you? Having your identity stolen can be both financially and emotionally devastating. Protect yourself today.
Did you know?
Courtesy of the ACCC website.
Phishing scams are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out your personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.
Remote access scams
Remote access scams try to convince you that you have a computer or internet problem and that you need to buy new software to fix the problem.
False billing scams request you or your business to pay fake invoices for directory listings, advertising, domain name renewals or office supplies that you did not order.
Threats to life, arrest or other
Threats to life, arrest or other involve demands by scammers to pay money that you supposedly owe and threats if you do not cooperate.
Total combined losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies in 2018.
In losses as a result of Investment scams in 2018
Lost as a result of dating and romance scams in 2018.
Scam reports submitted across all agencies in 2018.
Source: Australian Competition and Consumer Comission
Identity Theft – What is it?
Identity theft is fraud. It involves stealing money or gaining other benefits by pretending to be someone else. Having your identity stolen can be both financially and emotionally devastating.
Identity theft can occur in many ways from using credit card details illegally to make purchases, to having an entire identity assumed by another person to open bank accounts, take out loans and conduct illegal business in the stolen identities name.
Identity crime costs the Australian community hundreds of millions of dollars each year. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics at least 5% of the Australian population has been a victim of personal fraud.
Identity Theft is on the increase
Identity theft – usually by skimming and harvesting information from credit and debit cards – is on the rise. Thousands of thieves armed with concealed card readers are using cloned cards to make expensive purchases, or even to assume an entire identity to open bank accounts, take out loans and conduct illegal business in the stolen identity’s name.
Either way, these scams can be financially crippling and emotionally devastating. Worse still, with the advent of new ‘touch and go’ cards, the danger is increasing dramatically. Especially now thieves can even get an app that turns their smartphone into a credit card reader.
So what does it all mean?
How Skimming Works
Will my Insurance cover my losses?
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