According to the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), identity theft is the fastest growing crime in Australia. In 2010 and 2011, Australians lost more than $1.4 billion due to personal fraud crimes.
"Studies have shown that these criminals often rely on low-tech, untraceable sources of personal information," Johnson said.
"Dumpster diving is a big part of their trade craft."
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