An obscure paper document may seem innocent to you. However, it could in fact contain just the right piece of information for an identity thief to impersonate you and conduct fraud. Leaving you financially exposed to debts from erroneous credit cards or personal loans taken out in your name. All from a bit of discarded waste paper!
Over 75% of Australians throw away personal documents insecurely which could compromise their identity1. Identity theft costs Australia over $1.6 billion each year and is growing2. Over 85% of Australian’s fear identity theft could happen to them3. This is mostly because they are not aware of what they can do to prevent it.
Financial statements, expired IDs and old credit and debit cards may seem like the most obvious documents to dispose of securely. Pay slips, old tax returns and ATM receipts on the other hand may seem less valuable to thieves. Yet together they can reveal vital information to stitch together a viable identity.
Old airline boarding passes, medical records and even junk mail contains information that can reveal enough personal information to commit fraud. Junk mail in particular often consists of credit card offers personalised to you which a criminal can activate on your behalf. Which is why it’s also a good idea to lock your mailbox.
A general rule of thumb is simply to shred all paper documents you no longer need. And, before you dispose of them, keep them in a secure location in your home or office.
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- Newspoll Survey 2010
- Australian Federal Police: Identity Crime https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/crime-types/fraud/identity-crime
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016: https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4528.0/