4528.0 - Personal Fraud, 2007 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2008
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Nearly $1 billion dollars lost by Australians to personal fraud : ABS
Nearly one billion dollars ($980 million) was lost as a result of personal fraud according to the first National Personal Fraud Survey, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released today.
The survey, conducted in 2007, asked people aged 15 and over about their experiences relating to personal fraud incidents in the preceding 12 months. The survey found that 453,100 Australians lost on average $2,160 as a result of personal fraud.
Other results from the survey include:
Media Note: Personal fraud included: credit or bank card fraud, identity theft (includes the unauthorised use of a person's personal details), and the following selected scams; lotteries, pyramid schemes, phishing and related scams, financial advice, chain letters and advance fee fraud.
Further information is available in Personal Fraud, Australia 2007(cat. no. 4528.0), available free of charge from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.
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