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Protection for individuals

Preventing financial identity theft

By introducing some precautions into your everyday life, you can take an active role in reducing the risk of your identity being stolen.

Prevention is the best defence

If your identity is stolen, it can impact your ability to get a loan, credit card or a mortgage - until the matter is resolved.

Or read these fact sheets for advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft and recognise the warning signs.

Fact sheets What it tells you
Don’t be a mules – say no to transferring money for criminals

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Details money mules scams. Have you ever been approached online with an offer to earn hundreds or thousands of dollars in commission simply by receiving money and remitting it to another back account? This is a scam you can avoid.
Practical prevention tips

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A checklist of ways you can make your personal information more secure.
Protecting yourself online

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More tips to help you develop secure Internet practices.
Checking your credit file

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Find out what’s in your credit file and how you can use it to monitor if your identity is being misused.

How to get a copy of a fact sheet

You can either:

  • Download a PDF or Word version of the fact sheets, especially designed for easy printing; or
  • Read it online using the links above; or
  • If you would like to obtain a free copy of the printed fact sheet please contact the ABA:
    • E-mail: send your e-mail to (don’t forget to include your full name and mailing address)
    • Telephone: 1800 009 180 (freecall)
    • Post: write to us at Australian Bankers’ Association, Level 3, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

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This website gives information of a general nature and is not intended to be relied on by readers as advice in any particular matter. We suggest that you consult your financial planner on how this information may apply to your own circumstances.