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Warning by Lawyer - Loss Prevention by - Theft and Security Fraud

This is  really good and valuable stuff to pass on, particularly  the phone numbers at the bottom.    
  LAWYER'S ADVICE (NSW)  - NO CHARGE (for a change)

A corporate  LAWYER sent the following out to the employees  in his company:

. Next time you  order cheques, have only your initials (instead  of your first name) and surname put on them. If  someone takes your cheque book, they will not  know if you sign your cheques with just your  initials or your first name, but your bank will  know how you sign your cheques.  

. Do not sign the back of your  credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".  

. When you are writing cheques  to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put  the complete account number on the "For" line.  Instead, just put the last four numbers. The  credit card company knows the rest of the  number, and anyone who might be handling your  cheque as it passes through all the cheque  processing channels won't have access to it.  

. Place your work phone number  on your cheques instead of your home phone. If  you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home  address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your  work address. Never have your Centrelink Number  printed on your cheques. You can add it if it is  necessary, but if you have it printed, anyone  can get it.

. Run the contents  of your wallet through a photocopy machine. Do  both sides of each licence, credit card, etc.  You will know what you had in your wallet and  all of the account numbers and phone numbers to  call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe  place (not your wallet). I also carry a  photocopy of my passport when travelling either  here or abroad We've all heard horror stories  about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a  name, address, Social Security number, credit  cards.

Unfortunately I, an attorney,  have first-hand knowledge because my wallet was  stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves  ordered an expensive monthly mobile phone  package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a  credit line approved to buy a Dell computer,  received a PIN number from DMV to change my  driving record information on-line, and more.  

But here's some critical information to  limit the damage in case this happens to you or  someone you know:

. We have been  told we should cancel our credit cards  immediately, but the key is having the toll free  numbers and your card numbers handy so you know  whom to call. Keep those where you can find  them.  

. File a police  report immediately in the jurisdiction where  your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This  proves to credit providers you were diligent,  and this is a first step toward an investigation  (if there ever is one).

. But  here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I  never even thought to do this.)

Call the  three national credit reporting organizations  immediately to place a fraud alert on your  Tax File Number your passport  number and driver’s licence number. I  had never heard of doing that until advised by a  bank that called to tell me an application for  credit was made over the Internet in my name.  The alert means any company that checks your  credit knows your information was stolen, and  they have to contact you by phone to authorise  new credit. By the time I was advised to do  this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the  damage had been done. There are records of all  the credit checks initiated by the thieves'  purchases, none of which I knew about before  placing the alert. Since then, no additional  damage has been done, and the thieves threw my  wallet away. This weekend someone handed it in.  It seems to have stopped them dead in their  tracks.

Now, here are some  numbers which you might need to contact if your  wallet etc has been stolen:

  Visa Card Australia  - 1800 621  199
2.   Visa Card  International -  1800 450 346
3.   Lost Travellers'  Cheques - 1800 127 477
4.   MasterCard Australia  - (02) 9466  3700
5.   MasterCard  International -  1800 120 113
6.   Bankcard Australia  - (02) 9281  6633
7.   Medicare - 132  011
8.   Centrelink Fraud - 137  230
9.   Seniors Card - 1300 364  758
10.             Passport - 131 232  
11.             ANZ FREECALL - 1800 033 844  
12.             Bank West - 131  718
13.             Citibank - 132 484  
14.             Tamworth Coles/Myer  Source -2340 1300  306 397
15.             Commonwealth - 132 221  
16.             CUSCAL- MyCard 1300  135 538
17.             GE Capital - 1300 369  904
18.             Members Equity - 1300 654  998
19.             National - 132  265
20.             St George - 1800 028  208
21.             SydneyVirgin - 2000 1800 080  000
22.             Westpac - 1800 230 144  
23.            Woolworths Ezy  Banking -  137 288

We pass on  jokes & just about everything,  But if you pass this information on,  it could really help  someone

Hope you get as much value as I did and my clients appreciated the info, regards, Aaron at Central (Blue Team)




Lucky Phill

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Good stuff Azza
1. Suggestion if you have a mobile phone (Iphone) you can take pics of Passport/ Driver Licence etc., and then able to carry an elctronic copy with you whereever you are.

2. for some tips on best Iphone applications -
try this page (it's free)

3. The article is very good and therefore you win the right to be populated into our Media Blog -
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