Kiwis more fearful of ID theft than terrorism

Published: Fri 17 Oct 2008 02:00 PM
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Friday, 17th October 2008
Kiwis more fearful of personal ID theft than terrorism
Almost half (47%) of all New Zealanders[1] fear having their personal details used for identity (ID) fraud compared to only a quarter of us (25%) that fear terrorism.
This comes on the last day of National Identity Fraud Awareness Week which has run from Monday, October 13 to Friday, October 17.
The New Zealand Police Identity Intelligence Unit reports that in the last 12 months there have been 1,100 known misuses of identity[2].
However, a recent report commissioned by the Ministry of Justice gives a clear indication that ID fraud is a much bigger problem than the official statistics reveal. In fact, the report found that around 93,000 New Zealanders over the age of 15 had suffered some form of identity theft[3].
On their website the New Zealand Police state that criminals rummage through rubbish bins to find discarded personal information which they use to commit fraud and other offences and recommend shredding old bank statements, credit card bills, and utility bills[4].
Neil Gore, brand manager for Fellowes shredders says identity fraud is a real issue for New Zealanders.
“Shredding your bank statements and personal information before placing this sensitive information in with your household rubbish is the safest way to ensure your identity isn’t stolen.”
Mr Gore also strongly recommends shredding CDs containing personal records and old credit cards and driver’s licences.
“It’s not just hard copy information we should worry about.  We’re all are storing a lot of personal information on CDs these days,’’ Mr Gore said.
About National ID Fraud Awareness Week
National ID Fraud Awareness Week is an initiative conceived by Fellowes with the aim of building awareness of the seriousness of identity fraud and to educate the community on how to avoid becoming a victim of ID theft.  Fellowes offer a range of personal shredders for individual home users and businesses.

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