Protecting your privacy and identity
Identity theft occurs when your personal information is used to carry out fraudulent activity, like accessing your AustralianSuper online account and attempting a withdrawal.
We have secure measures in place to ensure your super is safe. However, there are additional things you can do to reduce the risk of identity theft on your account.
Keep up to date with your account
The best way to keep on top of your super and detect any unusual activity is by registering for an AustralianSuper online account. You’ll be able to:
- track your balance
- update your details
- check your employer contributions
- download your annual statement
- review your insurance cover
We’ll send you an SMS confirmation of changes to your personal details you make in your online account. If you receive a confirmation for a change you didn't make, contact us on 1300 300 273.
Haven’t got an online account?
Create a secure password and change it regularly
Set up a password on your AustralianSuper account that is:
- Based on a phrase that only you know, and is made up of a variety of letters, numbers and symbols
- Easy to remember, but difficult for someone else to guess
- Unique to your AustralianSuper online account (don’t reuse passwords from other websites or apps)
- Is only known to you, not shared with family or friends
Remember to change your password regularly and keep your AustralianSuper account details confidential.
Make sure to log out of your online banking and super services across all your devices and apps after using them.
Avoid using the same password for your social media or banking accounts.
Beware of hoax emails
Fraudster’s may send you fake emails that can contain harmful links or malicious attachments. This is known as phishing. You can identify a phishing email by:
- Misspelling or images and graphics that don’t look quite right
- Unfamiliar sender address
- Suspicious attachments
- Links that take you directly to your online account
- Requests for your personal information
AustralianSuper will never send you an email asking you for your personal information. If you receive an email you’re unsure about:
- Contact us on 1300 300 273 (not on the phone number on the email)
- Don’t open the attachment
If you’ve clicked or opened an attachment from a suspicious email, use your security anti-malware and anti-virus to scan and remove malicious software from your device.
Know what emails and SMSs should look like
Get to know what a real email or text message looks like from your super fund, bank, and other service providers you’re with. AustralianSuper authorised emails include ‘australiansuper.com’ in the link address. You can check this by hovering over the sender address.
AustralianSuper will never request your personal details via SMS or email.
Beware of unsolicited calls and SMS
Fraudsters may attempt to obtain personal information and account information over the phone or via SMS. Some things you can do if you suspect you have received a fraudulent call or SMS:
- If the caller claims to be an AustralianSuper employee and you have reason to doubt their identity, make a note of their name and contact number, before ending the call.
- Be aware of voice recorded messages that dial automatically and ask you to call a number back. These are generally fake and designed to get your personal information.
- Report any SMS you receive that has spelling errors, unfamiliar sender address, suspicious links, or requests for personal information.
If you receive a phone call or SMS that you’re unsure about:
- Contact us on 1300 300 273 (not the number within the SMS)
- Don’t click on the links within the SMS or forward the message on
- Delete the message once it’s been reported
If you’ve clicked on a link within a suspicious SMS, it’s possible your security could have been compromised. In such cases, contact us immediately on 1300 300 273.
Protect your device when browsing online
Fraudsters have a number of techniques to access your personal information online. Some ways you can stay safe online:
- Avoid sharing your personal information in public forums or social networks
- Regularly manage your cookies and delete your browsing history
- Before providing personal information online, check the browser address is green and secure (https and a closed padlock icon is in the URL bar)
- Make sure your current contact information is up to date, so we can contact you if a withdrawal is attempted on your super account, or we detect unusual activity.
Keep your mobile device secure
- Set up auto-lock on your device
- Sign out of websites when you’ve finished browsing
- Use a strong secret passcode on your devices lock screen
Keep your phone operating systems and apps up to date
- Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google Play or Apple Store
- Avoid installing apps from links received in emails, social media or websites that don’t look genuine.
- Manage the permissions for each app. Many apps collect personal data, like your contacts or location.
- Check the name of the app publisher before downloading
- Protect your device with up to date malware and the latest security updates
AustralianSuper collects and holds your personal information securely.
If you think you've been scammed
If you think your AustralianSuper account may have been compromised due to a phishing scam, keep calm and follow these steps:
Report it to us
Through the mobile app (the fastest option), email or by calling us on 1300 300 273.
Change your passwords
Change your passwords and call relevant financial institutions to let them know what's happened.
Contact IDCARE, Australia and New Zealand's national identity and cyber support service.