Identity theft fraud happens when criminals hijack a person’s identity by obtaining their information and applying for credit cards or loans.
The most common way identity theft occurs is when a scammer gains access to private information such as a driver’s licence, medicare card, health care records, debit or credit cards and bills, through an unsecured mailbox or even a compromised computer or device containing personal details.
Targeted individuals often don’t know they’ve been a victim of identity theft until some time has passed after the initial crime. However, indicators to watch for include: items appearing on your bank or credit card statements that you don’t recognise, refusal of a financial service despite a good credit history, or receiving letters from solicitors or debt collectors for debts you didn’t incur.
Tips on how to prevent yourself falling victim include:
If you have been targeted by a scam relating to your Qudos account, visit our webpage Reporting Scams to find out who to contact