Quick Facts
  • There is a very high likelihood that if your credentials are stolen you will experience identity theft. 
  • Targeted credentials include Passports, Driver Licences, Credit Cards, Bank Statements, Tax Statements, Medicare Cards and utility bills. 
  • The most common ways credentials are stolen is because of unsecured letterboxes, not checking mail daily and house burglaries where the credentials are easily accessible. 
  • The risk to someone who has had their credentials stolen is usually a “credit risk” – a criminal applying for credit in your name. The average time between theft and misuse is five days. 
  • Shared living located along key transport corridors are more targeted than other residential types. 

Prevention
  • Be aware of what credentials are attractive to identity thieves and where you keep them. 
  • Ensure you have proper physical security in your home and with your letterbox. 
  • If you are going away, arrange for someone to collect your mail and keep an eye out. 
  • If you live in an apartment or dual living, talk to other residents or the body corporate about assessing the security of your mail and residence. 
  • Arrange for alternative ways to receive your credentials and statements than by mail (eg. collecting in person or receiving statements by email). 
  • Lock your credentials away in a place that’s not obvious in your home. 

Detection & Response
  • Make a mental note of when you are likely to receive credentials and statements and don’t delay chasing them up if they don’t arrive. 
  • Check your credit report once a year – it’s free to do so. Check out our Fact sheets on Credit Reports.
  • If you suspect credentials and statements are stolen, let the issuing organisation know, notify your bank and ask for more security, and place a ban on your credit file (it’s free to do this and it will prevent most criminals from getting credit in your name). 
  • or call 1300 432 273 (Aus) / 0800 201 415 (NZ).


For more information on identity theft please see our other fact sheets;

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