Published at: 6/21/2016 3:29:35 PM
Almost four millions Australians have been a victim of fraud. Don’t let it happen to you.
Australians have taken to online shopping and social media like ducks to water. But it’s also opened an online playground that lets hackers and cyber crooks steal our identities – if we’re not careful.
It turns out one in four us – that’s 3.8 million Australians – have been victims of identity theft . That’s when cyber crooks assume their victim’s identity and either clean out their bank accounts, apply for loans in the victim’s name, or use the victim’s credit card details to rack up some retail therapy – all at the victim’s expense.
The scary part is that most people only discover their identity has been stolen when they see unfamiliar transactions on their account statements.
The good news is that some basic precautions can help to protect you from identity theft, and it’s one area an ounce of prevention is worth a tonne of cure.
Take a look at our 7 simple steps to stay one step ahead of cyber crooks.