You and everyone you know could be a target of identity fraud. Are you protected?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Fraud Survey 2010-11, Australians lost $1.4 billion due to personal fraud, which includes credit card fraud, identity theft and scams.
More alarmingly, the survey estimated a total of 1.2 million Australians aged 15 years and over were victim of at least one incident of personal fraud.
International research also indicates that identity crime is the fastest growing crime type with some studies indicating growth of up to 10 per cent.
The Australian Federal Police is working together with National Identity Fraud Awareness Week, state and territory police, commonwealth and state government departments and industry to fight this crime.
Both individuals and businesses are at risk of identity theft. By practicing sound identity security habits and implementing a few personal and organisational security measures, you will join us in the fight against identity fraud.
Simple changes in personal behaviour can make a difference to identity security.
Take the survey and learn more about how you can protect yourself from identity fraudsters and scammers.
If you or your business becomes a victim of identity fraud, make sure you contact the relevant authority within your state or territory to report this crime.