As you’re probably aware, telecommunications provider Optus recently experienced a significance data breach, exposing personal details of millions of Australians.
Optus will have likely been in touch with you via email to let you know if your details were part of the breach.
You can find out more about the data breach on the Optus website, including how you can contact Optus.
If you are concerned your details may have been exposed, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
The below online resources contain helpful advice about protecting your information and how you can look out for possible scams:
- Identity theft – Moneysmart website
- Identity fraud – OAIC website
- What to do if you are being hacked? – Australian Cyber Security Centre website
- Scam Watch website.
You can also find out more information about avoiding online scams from Crime Stoppers, as well as how you can report if you believe you have been the victim of crime. Please remember, you should save calling 000 for emergencies only.
If you are concerned about your financial details, you should contact your financial institution.
You may wish to enquire about changing details such as your passport and drivers licence number: