Identity Theft

Keep your financial details safe and secure
to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.



What do you do if you think you’ve been targeted by identity theft?

If you think you’ve been a victim of identity theft, please call the number on the back of your Card immediately.


What is identity theft?

Identity theft occurs when someone obtains personal information without your consent. This can include your name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number, Credit or Charge Card number, telephone number or other Account numbers. Identity thieves can use this information to open credit accounts, Credit or Charge Card accounts, telephone service accounts, and make major purchases in your name, as well as allowing them to take over existing accounts or to open new accounts. This can damage your credit rating and lead to denials of credit and job offers.

What identity theft can look like

Dumpster Diving

‘Dumpster-divers’ go through your trash looking for the papers you’ve thrown away. These may contain information that can be used for fraudulent purposes.

Pharming

You may be misled into entering your personal information on a replica website that is designed to appear legitimate. Identity thieves then use the acquired personal information to access your accounts.

Pretexting

You receive a phone call from someone who claims to work for your financial institution. They ask you about your Account details looking to acquire your personal information.

Preventing identity theft

To help you stay protected, here are some easy ways to defend against identity theft.

Our Fraud Protection Guarantee

Your security is important to us. In the unfortunate event of a fraudulent transaction on your Account, we offer a Fraud Protection Guarantee1. It states that if you’re a victim of fraud who has taken reasonable care to protect your Account details, PIN and any device on which you have added your account information, you won’t be held responsible for any fraudulent charges.

Detecting identity theft

Step 1

Safeguard all your personal information and documents.

Step 2

Shred any sensitive information from financial organisations or utility companies when no longer needed.

Step 3

Review your credit report regularly. This may be the earliest way to identify fraudulent activity.

What you can do if you’ve been a victim of identity theft

It’s important to take action right away if you think you may have been a victim of identity theft.
Here’s what you can do.

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