What is identity theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information (your name, Tax File Number, credit card numbers or other identifying information) without your permission to fraudulently establish a new account, apply for a loan, and gain access to an existing account or other crimes.
Identity thieves may use a variety of methods to access your personal information.
- Steal wallets and purses containing your personal identification (e.g. driver's license and Medicare card) and bank cards.
- Steal your mail, which may include bank and credit card statements, tax information and pre-approved credit offers.
- Find personal information in your home.
- Use personal information you reveal on the Internet.
- Send false emails pretending to be from your bank to trick you into revealing your personal information and passwords - this is known as Phishing.
Most scams ask you for money or your bank account details in return for a lucrative reward which never arrives. They often take the form of a lottery or 'official' letter. Scams are becoming more elaborate and come in other forms, such as online shopping and mobile phone scams. Avoid becoming a victim of Internet scams by:
- Never disclosing any personal bank, account, and password information via email or via links to sites.
- Being conscious of websites or links in emails. These may take you to sites that contain viruses or spyware that attempt to capture your keystrokes to identify passwords and private information.
- Never provide bank account details to parties, who claim to be government officials or charitable organisations, Never respond to job advertisements asking for you to receive money in and out of your account (this usually involves the criminal act of money laundering).
- Checking your account transactions regularly.
Please note that GE will not make unsolicited requests for your Sensitive Information.
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