We know that situations like this may feel scary or overwhelming.
We’ve provided some helpful information on identity theft and the steps you can take to protect yourself.
What is identity theft?
Sometimes referred to as identity crime or fraud, identity theft happens when an individual uses your personal information to gain a benefit without consent. When criminals have enough personal information (e.g. your name, address, date of birth or bank account details) they can use this information to steal from you.
How can they use my information?
Open new accounts, build debts in your name, which can ruin your credit rating and
leave you with the bill.
Trick financial institutions into giving access to your accounts.
Change your contact information (e.g. mailing or email address) to prevent you from receiving statements, reducing the risk of you finding out your identity has been stolen.
Open a phone, internet or other service account in your name and use it to trade illegal online content.
Claim government benefits in your name.
Lodge fraudulent claims for tax refunds in your name.
Use your name to plan or commit criminal activity.
Pretend to be you on social media.