Identity fraud

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Fakers, fast sign-ups and fraud: the crisis at the UK’s Companies House
Britain’s register of companies was reformed in 2011 to allow incorporations within 24 hours for £12. Now the number of firms on its books has soared – and so have the complaints

Anna Isaac City editor

03, Dec, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Optus tells former Virgin Mobile and Gomo customers they could also be part of data breach
Identification repair service receives a month’s worth of complaint calls in three days as government pressures telco to pay for replacement ID documents

Josh Taylor

29, Sep, 2022 @5:32 AM

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Optus data breach: Australians will be able to change their driver’s licence with telco to pay
Federal opposition wants commonwealth to allow people to get new passports for free too – and quickly

Natasha May

27, Sep, 2022 @10:27 AM

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Purported Optus hacker releases 10,000 records including email addresses from defence and prime minister’s office
Optus CEO says federal police are ‘all over’ post with ultimatum demanding $1m within four days after massive data breach

Natasha May and Josh Taylor

27, Sep, 2022 @1:32 AM

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Optus customers exasperated by chatbots and ‘rubbish’ communication after data breach
Some customers look to switch providers after puzzling responses and ‘less than helpful’ service

Josh Taylor

26, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Optus data security breach: what should I do to protect myself?
Experts say while ‘there’s no need to panic’, there are steps you can take to ensure you’re not exposed to scams or identity theft

Natasha May

26, Sep, 2022 @6:44 AM

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Optus cyber-attack: how do you know if your identity has been stolen and what will happen to your data?
If you are an Optus customer, this is what you need to know

Josh Taylor

23, Sep, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Identity scam scuppered when country postie ‘smelled a rat’
Living in a small town can have its advantages when it comes to the rising problem of identity fraud

Natasha May

18, Apr, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Kirat Assi: ‘Bobby tried to destroy my hopes, my dreams, every part of my life’
She had been ‘catfished’ for years, and now her hit podcast tells the story of tracing the scammer and her quest for justice

Julie Bindel

02, Jan, 2022 @1:30 PM

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Johnson’s voter ID checks are not about electoral fraud, they’re about power | Simon Jenkins
Britain’s elections have a clean bill of health, and yet the government is wilfully hindering people’s right to vote, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

18, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Stop hounding victims of universal credit fraud, DWP told
People whose identities have been stolen hit by demands for repayment for debt they do not owe

Miles Brignall

10, Dec, 2020 @2:24 PM

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'It's a nightmare': woman faces £1,300 demand due to universal credit fraud
Scammers took advantage after the government suspended face-to-face interviews with claimants

Miles Brignall

14, Nov, 2020 @7:00 AM

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