Thief's identity fraud plot foiled
A THIEF who tried to use stolen ID to apply for a new credit card was not as smart as they first thought.
After stealing a handbag with a identification cards - including a driver's licence and Medicare card, the thief got through the process at the bank.
Luckily their plans were foiled, though, when the new credit card was mailed to the owner's address and not the thief.
When the victim received the card, they contacted the bank and the thief's actions were discovered.
The thief had burgled a Glenella home on January 10, also allegedly stealing a car
Mackay Police said the victim was lucky to have no debt recorded in their name, with identity fraud unfortunately an increasingly common issue.
Police want to remind residents or business owners who have had similar items of identification stolen that there is an organisation that can help.
ID Care is an organisation designed to help victims of identify crime or people at risk of becoming victims of identity crime.
If you have lost sensitive identifying details (drivers licence, medicare card, passport, tax file number etc) during a theft of any type, you should consider contacting ID Care about how you can protect yourself from further nastiness.