Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Jeremy Clarkson provides object lesson in ID fraud

Source: BBC News

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson (from "Top Gear") has discovered -- the hard way -- what a problem identity theft can be. In reaction to media fuss over the loss of discs containing a database of child benefits claimants in the UK, Clarkson said the fuss was for nothing, since the data would only allow deposits into the accounts. To prove his point, he published his own bank details in two newspapers, along with a hint as to how to find his home address. Subsequently, someone has used the information to transfer five hundred pounds out of his account to the charity Diabetes UK. Clarkson has now reversed his position on the seriousness of the data leak.

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