Lifestyle Don't just throw away your duty-free shop receipts as they can be...

Don’t just throw away your duty-free shop receipts as they can be a source of

Key personal information had been printed on the receipt, including full name, date of birth, passport number as well as flight details

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

If you shop at airports and collect your receipts from duty-free shops, beware! Your personal details are visible on the receipts and can be the target of identity thieves.

The receipts itemises what you purchase and the slips could also include details like your date of birth and even your passport number, says The Sun newspaper which reproduced the article from an Australian news site.

A traveller from Perth, going on holiday and traveling from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Phuket in Thailand highlighted the security issue.

A passenger Colin Ahearn posted a video shopping at the airport on Facebook, showing the receipt for a bottle of Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur and Smirnoff Red Label Vodka that he’d paid for while in the duty-free shopping area.

- Advertisement -

But after arriving at his holiday destination, Colin’s wife Tracey saw the personal details printed at the bottom of the duty-free receipt moments before he was going to throw it in the bin.

They discovered key personal information had been printed on the receipt, including full name, date of birth, passport number as well as flight details.

It is customary to hand over travel documents— particularly the passports to make the purchase.

Throwing the receipts in the bin may be hazardous. It is a known fact that thieves are out there looking for receipts to extract personal information they can use for .

- Advertisement -

An identity theft expert told Yahoo News the information on the receipt was “very concerning”.

In Malaysia, there has been reports of thieves going through bins at ATM’s to look for receipts with the hope they can extract some information to steal identities.

Card and ATM users are also warned not to throw or leave behind receipts.

Discarded ATM receipts are a primary means of identity theft and account fraud, says a tech portal.

- Advertisement -

“It can depend on your bank, but there are common traits. At least part of your debit card number is displayed, as well as your account number,” it says.Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Dining in allowed from June 21, but only in pairs

Singapore —  Dining in at F&B outlets can resume from Monday (June 21) but only in groups of up to two people, announced Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong on Friday (June 18). Previously it was announced that dining in...

S’pore ‘an exception to massive increase in public debt’ globally, thanks to reserves: Lawrence Wong

Singapore - In an interview with American news outlet CNBC, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong explained how Singapore is “an exception” to the “massive increases in public debt and public spending” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to accumulated reserves. During the CNBC...

Sun Xueling’s post about ‘wife only in front seat’ car sticker turns into online argument about what ‘sia’ really means

Singapore—A Facebook post from Member of Parliament Sun Xueling (PAP--Punggol West SMC) showing a bit of a lighter side on Wednesday (June 16) inadvertently resulted in some confusion over the expression “sia” of all things. Ms Sun posted a photo of a...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent