Mother Groper was poking around the second hand filing cabinets at Mugga Lane and discovered Westpac hadn’t bothered to check if the office furniture they were discarding was empty.
It’s not difficult to check if the furniture you’re discarding is empty or not, and as an organisation dealing with sensitive information a bank should have procedures in place to prevent this.
My department even researched ways of making sure no departmental information was recoverable from hard drives it was disposing of, and how to destroy cds so they weren’t readable, by comparison all Westpac had to do was squint inside a drawer.
There is 100 point type ID information like birth certificates and driver’s licenses, not to mention account information, everything an aspiring identity thief needs to pick their target and steal their identity. Some public shaming is in order.