Identity Theft


Identity theft occurs when a criminal gains access to your personal information such as your name, address, date of birth or bank account details to steal money or gain other benefits.

How does identity theft occur?

Criminals may attempt to gain your personal information using a number of different techniques, including:

Phising you may provide personal information over the phone or internet to what appears to be a legitimate business, but is actually a scam,

hacking into your online accounts,

retrieving your personal information from social media, and

illegally accessing information about you which is stored on a business database.

What can happen as a result of identity theft?

If a criminal steals your identity, they may use it to:

  • Trick your bank or financial institution into giving them access to your money and other accounts,
  • Open new accounts and build up debts in your name which can ruin your credit rating,
  • Take control of your accounts, including by changing the address on your credit card or other accounts so you don’t receive statements and don’t realise there is a problem,
  • Open a phone, internet or other service account in your name,
  • Claim government benefits in your name,
  • Lodge fraudulent claims for tax refunds in your name and preventing you from being able to lodge your legitimate return,
  • Use your name to plan or commit criminal activity, and
  • Pretend to be you to embarrass or misrepresent you, such as through social media.
  • Unwarrented media release

Identity theft can be both financially and emotionally distressing for victims. Once your identity has been stolen it can be difficult to recover. You may have problems for years to come.

Take Action

Even if you think thieves only have a small amount of information about you, they can use it to find more information about you, including photographs, your date and place of birth and even information about your family.

This can be enough to apply for services, such as a new bank account. They can also use your personal information to create fake identity documents in your name or even apply for real identity documents in your name, but with another person’s photograph.

We Investigate, analyse and detect the leaks and involve the necessary Law Enforcement agencies