Recent case of fraudsters using paycheck selfies to steal nearly $2 million #stealmyidentity highlights the recurring trend – migration of traditional street criminals to white collar fraud.

According to the Australian Federal Police, identity fraud is the fastest-growing crime, costing Australians up to $4 billion a year.

Sadly, thousands of Australians become a statistic, when underestimating the scale of identity theft.

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The most outrageous thing about Identity theft is that there are a lot of ways your identity can be acquired and imitated by frauds.

How can identity be stolen? There are many ways. Particularly, in our savvy digital world:

 

  • Purchasing products on the Internet and disclosing your information on social networking sites.
  • Impersonating a deceased person by using their identity to carry out fraudulent activities. Identity criminals will note the name, date of birth and address of the deceased from announcements for the death and/or funeral.

You may wonder how the Australian government is dealing with ID theft? The Australian government, being one of the most progressive in terms of informing and preventing identity theft, has pages dedicated to it on its official websites.

However, there is always a solution. Following these simple steps will help protect you and your deceased family members from identity theft.

For more information, please visit:

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Australian Government: Department of Human Services