Protect your identity: don’t post an assessment letter online

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Tharaka Perera Perera in Blog
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It can be tempting to post your skills assessment outcome online, but you should be careful about identity fraud.

By Jenna Wong

February 2020 - Receiving a successful skills assessment outcome is one of the big moments in your journey towards migrating to Australia.

It’s understandable that you may want to share your moment with people you know via social media. But, when you post pictures of your outcome letter, what you’re doing is giving a cyber-criminal an opportunity to steal your identity.

According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre, identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to commit a crime, such as stealing from your bank accounts or getting loans and benefits in your name.

The Centre’s Stay Smart Online website says you should limit what you share online.

The more cyber criminals can find out about you, the easier it is for them to impersonate you. They can set up false social media accounts claiming to be you and apply for credit cards, government benefits and official documents in your name.

Once your identity has been stolen it can be difficult to recover and you may have problems for years to come, warns the Centre.

Criminals may also use the image that you post to create fake, duplicate outcome letters.

Post smiles, not your outcome letters, and stay safe online.


Jenna Wong is the Manager Assessment Quality at VETASSESS, where she is responsible for the development, delivery and ongoing review of skills assessment processes, practices and resources for over 300 professional occupations. Jenna is tasked with providing stakeholders with confidence in the integrity of the skills assessments issued by VETASSESS, while improving customer experience.

 

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