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Identity Theft On The Rise

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Theft from car lead to identity crime, Mackay

On either January 12 or January 13, a drivers licence and other varied items of identification were stolen from a car on Wellington Street in Mackay.

On March 8 the victim of the above matter was contacted by Mackay Police who had located what was believed to be the varied items of identification which had been stolen from him.

All of the items were returned to their owner by police and it was at this time the owner discovered a bank debit card which was in his name but  which did not belong to him.

He had never been a customer of this particular bank.

It was learned that the bank debit card had commenced in February 2019 and in the month after the identifying information had been stolen from the car!

Some of the most common items which are stolen (either from a car or during a burglary) include items which relate to identification.

For example, drivers licenses, medicare cards, bank cards, passports etc.

Some thieves have begun using these points of information to commit identity crime.

If a victim of theft learns that identifying information has been stolen from them – it is worth while moving onto the front foot and taking action to protect yourself.  Contact ID CARE – click here for full details.

ID CARE is a victim support agency for those who are victims of identity crime, or who are at risk of becoming victims of identity crime (like this circumstance in January when the theft from the car happened).

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.