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 [...]

Protect your credit file campaign fights identity theft

Media Release 'Protect your credit file' campaign fights identity theft. 16 May, 2014 As the Attorney-General announces rates have ballooned to 1 in 5 Australians affected by identity theft, a credit reporting advocate is running an awareness campaign aimed at reducing the numbers affected by this terrible crime. Graham Doessel, who is Non-Legal Director of MyCRA Lawyers, a firm focused on credit disputes, says identity theft can have devastating effects, including damaging the victim's credit rating. "Some identity theft victims can wind up banned from mainstream credit for years because a fraudster has [...]

Privacy Awareness Week 2014: Protecting the Privacy of Your Customers

There has never been a more important time in business to consider the privacy of your customers. Personal information is more accessible than ever before, and with that, comes the need to create and define boundaries around personal information in the private sector. New laws have just been implemented which expand the scope of privacy law in Australia. This it seems is not merely being ‘over-cautious’ with privacy. A recent survey on identity crime shows it has officially become one of the more common crimes in Australia. Results from a survey of [...]

Privacy Awareness Week 2014: New Privacy Laws and You

MyCRA Lawyers is a proud partner for Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), held 4-10 May 2014. Privacy Awareness Week is held every year to promote awareness of privacy issues and the importance of the protection of personal information. This year is focused on our new Australian Privacy Laws, which came into force on 12 March 2014. Find out about how Privacy Laws may affect you and your credit rating, this week during PAW. By Graham Doessel, Non-Legal Director of MyCRA Lawyers In an age of increasing accessibility of personal information, privacy is growing [...]

Critical internet security information: bug ‘Heartbleed’

Is your website or online service running OpenSSL? Or are you an internet user who gives out personal details or uses services within OpenSSL? Then your security may be at risk. According to internet security experts ‘Heartbleed’ is a major vulnerability in common encryption software which is affecting many websites and online services. Heartbleed is so widespread it could leave millions of servers on the internet open to an attack and could allow sensitive data including usernames and passwords to be stolen. We look more at this vulnerability, what you can do [...]

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Online shoppers preyed on by fraudsters this Christmas

Media Release Online shoppers preyed on by fraudsters this Christmas. 26 November 2013 More Australians will shop on the internet this Christmas, but a consumer advocate warns the increase in online trading could bring out more fraudsters looking to prey on time-poor and budget conscious consumers with schemes to not only take money, but personal information for purposes of identity theft. Graham Doessel, Non-Legal Director of MyCRA Lawyers, a firm which helps clients dispute their credit rating, says any unfamiliar retailer should be treated with caution, particularly those seeking personal information. "Consumers [...]

1 in 12 Australian credit ratings threatened by identity theft.

Media Release 1 in 12 Australian credit ratings threatened by identity theft. 24 October 2013 A survey conducted for the Attorney-General's Department reveals Australian credit ratings are under increasing threat from ballooning identity theft numbers, and a consumer advocate for accurate credit reporting warns victims can pay heavily, with many locked out of mainstream credit for years. CEO of MyCRA Credit Rating Repair, Graham Doessel says when fraudsters take out credit in their victim's name they can leave a trail of destruction on the victim's credit file. "Fraudsters are never so kind [...]

Identity fraud survey: Find out if you are protected

It’s Identity Fraud Awareness Week 2013 this week running October 13 to October 19. Identity fraud can leave your credit file in ruins, and in some cases can mean a five year battle to recover your good name. Find out how protected you are from identity fraud by taking the Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) online identity fraud survey. Read more about how identity crime can impact your credit file. Know the basic things to keep you and your credit file safe. And this week, take steps to safeguard yourself in the future, [...]

Two Australians arrested for ID Theft

Australian Federal Police announced late last week they had arrested two men producing fake identity material and committing credit card fraud. We look at the details of this arrest (which was a joint operation by the Identity Security Strike Team), and the recommendations Police make to ensure YOU lessen your chances of falling victim to identity theft and having your ability to obtain credit impacted by defaults. By Graham Doessel, Founder and CEO of MyCRA Credit Rating Repair and Police report the operation began in January when intelligence gathered in previous [...]

‘TAX REFUND NOTIFICATION’ Don’t get caught out with this scam at tax time.

A high priority alert has just been issued from Stay Smart Online in regards to malware-carrying emails supposedly from the Australian Taxation Office, which could send your credit file into the doghouse. Most people who regularly read this blog will probably be well aware of the high prevalence of scam emails designed to capture your financial details either directly or through malware. They would also be well aware of the dangers that can pose for your ability to obtain credit in your own right if fraudsters steal your identity and pose as [...]