HOW DO I KEEP MY IDENTITY SAFE?
If a criminal obtains a copy of your driver licence, passport, birth certificate or other personal identification documents, they may be able to impersonate you. This means they could apply for a credit card or a loan in your name. If this happens, it may be difficult to convince organisations that you aren’t responsible for the debts, and that you’re a victim of identity theft.
How to protect yourself
- Don’t share personal information on social media. Ensure your privacy and security settings only allow people that you know and trust to see your profile.
- Protect your computer from malware that can allow others to access to your files, by installing anti-virus software, and by turning on automatic updates for your operating system and software.
- Stay informed about the latest online scams at scamwatch.gov.au and NAB’s latest scams, fraud and phishing alerts.
- Never click on a link in a suspicious email or text message. Always access NAB’s website by typing nab.com.au into your browser.
- Only use secure Wi-Fi networks that you trust, and avoid public Wi-Fi unless you are using a virtual private network (VPN).
- Be careful when sending personal information via email. Always password protect personal information if you are sending it via email, and send the password separately.