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Financial, health data dumped in Sydney rubbish bins

Hamish Barwick | Feb. 20, 2013
Survey of bins in the CBD found 11 per cent contained bank account details and legal documents

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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