Online security, scams & fraud
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We're committed to protecting your security and helping you stay safe online.
You'll learn how to combat serious crimes like identity theft, as well as some of the more common types of fraud and scams.
You can also visit our Scam alerts page for examples and updates, including scams currently targeting Australia Post customers.
Fast, personalised support
If you think your identity has been compromised, you can call iDcare - a free identity theft support service - on 1300 432 273.
iDcare is a partner of Australia Post and provides support for a range of identity theft issues, including those related to Australia Post.
For a step-by-step guide to minimising the damage, visit our Responding to identity fraud section.
We protect you
How we protect you
Australia Post uses the latest security technology to ensure that both your personal and transaction information, as well as any account or card data, is secure.
Whether you're sending or transferring money, ordering foreign currency or filling in a form, your personal information is safe with us.
We will never:
- ask for your password
- ask you to enter information on a web page that isn't part of Australia Post
- send you an email asking for credit card details or account information
- call you out of the blue to request payment (eg. for an undeliverable mail item)
Australia Post is a strong supporter of National Stay Smart Online Week, which helps educate Australians about protecting their personal and financial information online.
How to protect yourself
The tips below can help to protect your personal and financial security from fraud and scams.
- Do not open suspicious or unsolicited emails - delete them straight away.
- Do not click on any links in a suspicious email, or open any attached files.
- Don't rush in. Resist the urge to "act now" despite the tempting offer. Once you turn over your money, it's unlikely you'll see it (or the product or service you've paid for) again.
- Be careful when clicking unsubscribe on an email. Spammers may use the 'unsubscribe' button to validate your email address, resulting in even more spam.
- Never pay for a "free" gift. If you receive an offer asking you to pay for a free gift or prize, put it in the trash - "free" means free.
- Use up to date and comprehensive antivirus software.
- Secure your mailbox with a lock and make sure your mail is regularly collected.
- Shred or destroy personal and financial mail before you throw it away.
- When going away on holidays, arrange for someone to clear your letterbox or arrange a mail hold. (For added security, we recommend the use of a private post office box.)
- If you're moving home, advise your bank and other important organisations immediately and organise a mail redirection to make sure letters still find you at your new address.
- If you suspect your mail is being stolen or a mail redirection application has been made without your permission, contact Australia Post immediately.
- Never enter personal, credit card or bank account details on a website if you're not certain it is genuine. Always check the website address as scammers create URLs that look remarkably similar.
- Never send your personal, credit card or bank account details through an email.
- Keep your passwords and PINs safe and don't share them with anyone.
- Check your credit card and/or bank statements regularly for suspicious transactions.
- If you accidentally provide account or banking details to someone suspicious, you should contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
- If you are in doubt about the authenticity of a call, don't commit to anything. Instead, hang up and call the company directly. Never use contact details provided by the caller - find the number through their website or the White Pages.
- If a bank or any other organisation phones you, don't provide your personal details or any account or credit card numbers. Instead ask for their name and a contact number. Check with the organisation in question before calling back.
- Only send money to people you know and trust.
- If money has been transferred into your bank account from an unknown source with instructions to send it overseas, call your bank immediately. It's possible this money has been stolen from another bank account.
- If you receive a request via email from a friend or family member who says they're stranded while on holiday and need you to transfer money to them, call or contact them to verify the request is genuine.
- Shred all documents containing personal information, such as credit card applications and bank statements.
The Australian Government's cyber security website, Stay Smart Online, provides simple steps you can take to protect your personal and financial information online.
For further information on scams and how to protect yourself, visit the SCAMwatch website.
Support & FAQs
Support & resources
Protecting yourself is only half the battle against fraudsters and scammers.
It's important to know how to respond if, despite your best efforts, you are targeted.
What to do if you're targeted
You can minimise the impact of serious crimes like identity fraud and scams by responding quickly and decisively.
You'll also be doing your bit to help authorities catch the offenders.
Responding to identity fraud
If you suspect you're a victim of identity theft or misuse, you should:
- Inform your local police (and keep a copy of the police report)
- Report the loss of any identity documents (e.g. passport, driver's licence) to the issuing organisation.
- Contact your bank or financial institution to cancel any cards or accounts that may have been breached.
- Request a copy of your credit report from a credit reporting agency.
- Close any unauthorised or fraudulent accounts that have been flagged by your credit report.
- Contact Australia Post to check that your mail hasn't been redirected.
Responding to scams
If you receive an email, phone call or letter in the mail and think it's a scam, you should:
- If it's an email you've received, record what you can without clicking on any links (and preferably without opening the email), then delete it.
- Visit the SCAMwatch website to check out the latest scams.
- Report it to the ACCC via SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
For more information on how to identify and respond to fraud and scams, you may like to visit some of the websites listed below.
- Stay Smart Online - The Australian Government's online safety and security website.
- ACORN - The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a government initiative that allows you to securely report incidents of cybercrime.
- Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner - Australian Government website with resources and advice to assist children who experience cyberbullying.
Identity theft and misuse
- iDcare - Joint public-private sector not-for-profit organisation providing free services to victims of identity theft and misuse. iDcare tailors response plans for each individual circumstance. Phone: 1300 432 273
- Attorney-General's Department - Australian Government website providing information about protecting and recovering your identity.
- SCAMwatch - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website offering information about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
- MoneySmart - Australian Securities and Investments Commission website providing guidance on scams involving investments, superannuation, managed funds, financial advice and insurance.
- ACORN - Learn how to protect yourself from cybercrime by visiting the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
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