Print21: Printed mail remains safe despite letterbox thefts

NSW Police have warned that theft of mail from residential letterboxes fuels identity theft by international crime gangs, but industry professionals say printed mail is still safer than online.


Industry group Two Sides Australia says that despite the risks, printed mail remains a safer communication channel than the internet. “According to the ACCC, of the identity theft scams reported in 2015 38.8 percent of the scams were delivered via email, social media and the internet, whereas only 1.9 percent were due to direct mail. The information contained in all forms of transactional communications has the potential to be accessed by anyone, however print and physical mail continues to be the most reliable, accessible and sustainable communication channel,” said Kellie Northwood, Executive Director, TSA Limited.

Source: Print21 – 1 December 2016

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