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Five ways to protect you from identity crimes

What to Protect

Personal information that could be used by scammers to impersonate someone can include their full name, date of birth, current address, bank account numbers, credit card details, tax file number, drivers licence or passport details, and any passwords.

Remind them to keep their personal data safe and secure

If data is stolen it would be extremely troublesome to get it back. It’s best to store personal information safe and secure. Example, don’t save Tax File number or passport details in your phone or carry them in wallet or handbag.

Caution! Use Social Media diligently

Scammers might use information published by you on social networking sites to steal identities. If you are doing so, you might be putting yourself at risk. It’s always a good idea to make sure your information is set as private.

Be suspicious

Be suspicious and cautious, if someone requests for personal information. Scammers may sound believable and authentic, they even quote their personal information to con you, so if someone asks for your personal information, consider the possibility that it may be a scam.

Know legitimate payment method

Scammers use threatening tactics to extract money from you in the way of false debt payment. Example, paying false debt through PayPal, iTunes gift card etc. To check the legitimate way, visit ato.gov.au/howtopay (/howtopay).

 

Source: Australian Tax Office (ATO)

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