Identity theft? It's easy!

Summary:Identity theft is easy to commit, as Welsh comedian Bennett Arron discovered. He explains just how easy on this week's Patch Monday podcast.

Identity theft is easy to commit, as Welsh comedian Bennett Arron discovered. He explains just how easy on this week's Patch Monday podcast.

Arron stole people's garbage and did a little social engineering — cold-calling people to get their date of birth. He even set up a stall at a shopping centre, supposedly selling identity theft insurance, but in fact was scamming people into revealing all their identity information.

Eventually, he managed to obtain a driver's licence in the name of the UK's Home Secretary — and was arrested as a result.

The story is told in his documentary, "How to Steal an Identity", which was short-listed for a BAFTA award.

This week is National Identity Fraud Awareness Week (17-23 October). According to the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O'Connor, Australians need to realise just how serious identity crime is and to understand the devastating effects it can have on an individual's life.

To that end, yesterday O'Connor launched a survey to help people gauge how well they protect their identity.

Patch Monday also includes a look at some of last week's news headlines.

To leave an audio comment on the program, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733.

Running time 21 minutes, 55 seconds

Topics: Government, Government : AU, Privacy, Security

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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