Common signs of identity compromise and misuse
- Lost or stolen identity credentials (e.g. passport, driving licence).
- Mail stops arriving at your address.
- Items appear on bank/credit card statements you don’t recognise.
- Bills, invoices or receipts addressed to you for goods/services you haven’t asked for.
Responding to identity theft:
Every case is different, but here’s some general tips on what to do:
- Contact IDCARE to assess your risks and build a tailored response plan.
- Update and run anti-virus software on all Internet-enabled devices.
- Reset all passwords and PINs.
- Review where you keep your personal information on your devices, such as emails and hard drive and remove unnecessary items.
- Review your existing accounts. Look for unauthorised transactions, changes to settings (for example email particulars), and, if possible, the times and locations your account has been accessed.
- Check your credit report to see if someone is accessing credit in your name.
- Contact your financial institution and let them know what’s happened and ask how they can assist.
Mitigating the risk of identity theft online
- DO NOT open suspicious texts or emails – delete them.
- Never send money or give credit card, online account details or copies of personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust - and never by email.
- Choose passwords that would be difficult for others to guess, and update them regularly.
- Secure your networks and devices with antivirus software and a good firewall.
- Be cautious about using social media and limit the amount of personal information you publish online.
- Be cautious about requests for your personal information over the internet.
Mitigating the risk of identity theft offline
- Secure your personal documents at home and when travelling.
- Put a lock on your mailbox and destroy any documents containing personal information not required.
- Be cautious about requests for your personal information over the phone and in person.
- Order a free copy of your credit report from a credit reporting agency annually.
- Regularly check your bank & superannuation statements.
- Be curious about where you information goes that is collected by organisations – you have a right to know why they are collecting it, how they will secure it, for how long they will keep it, whether they will share it.
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