Rubbish day will never be the same again...not when fraudsters are sniffing around rubbish bins like alley cats at night looking for any kind of personally identifiable information on unsuspecting residents. If people think there's nothing that can be done with that old electricity bill, or scoff at credit card offers and bin them immediately, they [...]
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This week the media has reported on a number of major instances of identity theft which all confirm the fact that as the Australian Crime Commission (ACCC) reports, identity theft is the “fastest growing crime in the country”. The National Identity Fraud Awareness Week, running this week from 17-23 October has thrust identity theft issues [...]
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its Lending Finance figures for August today, pinpointing a continued slow rise in number of committments from July. It reports total housing committments for owner occupation rose 1.3% in August. AUGUST 2011 COMPARED WITH JULY 2011: HOUSING FINANCE FOR OWNER OCCUPATION The total value of owner occupied housing commitments [...]
Identity theft and fraud is again on the agenda for Australians. This week is National Identity Fraud Awareness Week (NIFAW) – which runs from 17 to 23 October. To tie in with this week, the Australian Federal Police have today gone live with an Identity Fraud survey on their website, aimed at empowering people to [...]
Lonely hearts watch out – your wallets or your good credit rating could be next! It was revealed by Queensland’s Courier Mail last week that more than $15 million was lost by victims of dating scams last year. This was perpetrated by overseas criminals mainly from West Africa, masquerading as online love interests. In response, [...]
Media Release 3 October 2011 Many of the new forms of online fraud are sophisticated and elaborate – often even fooling those who believe they are computer-savvy, according to a national credit repairer. Director of MyCRA Credit Repairs, Graham Doessel dismisses claims victims of online fraud are stupid and are ‘asking’ to be ripped off [...]
In New York this weekend, huge arrests have been made, unravelling an identity theft ring involving counterparts in China, Europe and the Middle East. 111 people were arrested and more than 85 are in custody. The Herald Sun reported on Saturday that five separate criminal rings operating out of Queens, New York have been dismantled: [...]
Media Release 29 September 2011 The illegal dumping of Australian e-waste on overseas shores and the potential for those discarded hard drives to still contain sensitive data which exposes the former owners to identity theft and potential misuse of their credit file, demonstrates how urgently Australia needs to change its attitude towards personal data, according [...]
Some people are great with money – but can still experience financial downfalls and sprial into debt and a bad credit rating due to the shortcomings of their partners. Often people are unaware their partner is generating defaults on their credit rating until it is too late. They apply for credit in their own right and [...]
It seems that there will be no reprisal according to Australian law for the victims of the Sony PlayStation/Qriocity saga which left the personal information of approximately 77 million Sony customers worldwide exposed to hackers and threatened the victims with possible identity theft and credit file misuse. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim released his official [...]