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“Huge” increase in identity theft from scams: ACCC

Scam report numbers have ballooned to a massive $89 million lost to scams in Australia, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Dating and romance scams topped the list of financial losses and the ACCC reports a “huge” increase in identity theft numbers from scams. We look at the details of the ACCC’s report, as well as which scams have taken the most victims. Be scam-savvy in order to protect your finances as well as your identity. Identity theft through scams, or any means can lead to credit file misuse, [...]

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Australian homes unaffordable and the result could be more bad credit

Research released this week from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has placed Australia’s housing market as among the world’s most unaffordable housing markets. When household incomes and rents are taken into consideration, the IMF’s figures rank Australia as third behind Belgium and Canada for ‘unaffordability’ when examining and comparing 24 countries. The survey was made as part of a move to push governments to act against housing bubbles. This is not the first time affordability has been on the radar for Australia. We look at how that might play out with lenders [...]

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Housing Finance flat in April – is it time to put credit repair in your top pocket?

Figures just in from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show Australian Housing Finance has flattened out for April 2014, despite economists expecting a slight lift this month. Many are saying this is good news for the economy, but for brokers, it may also mean flatter sales results while house prices remain higher. You may need all the clients you can get. Or - clients with a better quality credit rating. In the past, some brokers have not bothered to investigate the validity of bad credit with their clients, and have instead [...]

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What you should know about credit repair

Is your credit rating letting you down, and want to know the best way to fix bad credit in Australia? Or want to know some tips and tricks to credit repair in Australia that many in the industry won't tell you? I regularly write guest posts for popular broker publication 'The Adviser.'  The post The Adviser published last week was called "What your clients should know about credit repair" and it explains the ins and outs of credit repair in Australia, and how clients experiencing bad credit can best safely and effectively navigate the [...]

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Identity theft at their fingertips: Fraudsters and Social Media

Media Release Identity theft at their fingertips: Fraudsters and Social Media 5 June 2014 As identity theft numbers increase in Australia, a consumer credit advocate shows how easy it can be for fraudsters to commit identity theft using social media, warning there are too many Australians disregarding their personal information, and leaving themselves wide open to identity theft and credit rating misuse. Graham Doessel, who is a Non-Legal Director of MyCRA Lawyers, a firm focused on credit dispute, says social media users who don’t opt in and maintain strong Privacy settings are [...]

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Protect your child online, protect their credit rating.

If you know how to help your child stay smart online, you could just be protecting their future credit rating. One of the focuses of Stay Smart Online Week 2014 is protecting our children and helping them have safe and positive experiences online. There are significant risks to children in using the internet. Many parents may know that apart from the potential exposure to sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal content, our children may also experience cyber bullying or be at risk from contact by strangers. What many parents don’t know is [...]

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Secure your smartphone and other mobile devices to prevent credit rating misuse

With smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, your life is there at the touch of a button. But the features that make your phone 'smart' also make it susceptible to viruses and malicious software. These attributes also make your mobile device a valuable commodity if it is lost or stolen. Your personal information can be accessed via your phone, as well as potentially your passwords, banking details, emails and photos. If fraudsters got their hands on your device, either virtually or physically, what could they get from it? Is the information on [...]

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Keep updated about threats to your credit file:

Do you really know if your credit rating is safe when you're shopping, surfing, communicating and transacting online?  When you understand personal information and how it can be used by fraudsters, you want to do all you can to protect your personal information both online and offline. We look at one of the best things you  can do to stay up to date with threats to your identity and credit file, and ensure you Stay Smart Online. By Graham Doessel, MyCRA Lawyers www.mycralawyers.com.au.  Stay Smart Online Week 2014. It's important in our [...]

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Stay Smart Online and Keep Your Credit File Safe

Join MyCRA Lawyers as we support ‘Stay Smart Online Week’ running 2 – 6 June 2014. This week aims to help Australians using the internet – whether at home, the workplace or school – understand the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online. This year's theme - 'On The Go' - reflects the importance of staying safe and secure online while using mobile devices when social networking, banking, shopping, and navigating the internet. In this post, we give you an overview of what MyCRA Lawyers will [...]

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Credit law series: Bad credit mistakes in Australia

In this credit law series, we look at bad credit mistakes. Do you have a bad credit rating and don’t know why? Have you had bad credit placed on your credit file you don’t agree with? You are not alone. Possibly millions of people in Australia have a bad credit rating, and many people are unaware they have black marks against our name until we apply for credit and are flatly refused. We look at the ins and outs of bad credit mistakes and what you can do about them. By Graham [...]

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