Home > Case Studies > An ID Fraud Cost Me Money: A Case Study

An ID Fraud Cost Me Money: A Case Study

By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 7 Dec 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Bank Identity Fraud Mobile Phone

John Dawe has been a victim of identity fraud a few times, which he believes came about because his personal details are published on a few websites.

"I work in finance now, and used to be a director. Because of that, my name, address and date of birth were all in the public domain," says John, 50, who lives in south-east London.

"I've had people use my identity in a number of fraudulent ways over the years, generally opening a bank account in my name.

"All someone had to do was photo-shop someone else's utility bill and put in my details, at least that's what I'm guessing," he says.

Mobile Phone Fraud

The latest fraud, John says, happened after he got a computer-generated letter from his bank saying that he had two direct debits opened in favour of two different mobile phone companies.

Basically, fraudsters had used his bank account to set up mobile phone contracts in his name and defrauded the mobile phone companies out of several thousands pounds.

"I tried immediately to get hold of the bank to say this is the first I had heard of it, and that somebody was trying to do something unauthorised with my name," John says.

"It took me forever to get hold of the people at the bank on the phone, so I ended up going to the branch down the road, where actually they were very helpful.

"I eventually sorted things out, and they put a block on the bank account, and closed it down. They seemed to be responsive to me, but what they did not stop were the automated responses coming through.

"They were letters saying there were not sufficient funds in my bank account to pay the direct debit, and that I was over-drawn as a result."

Defrauded Out of £1,000

John also attempted to contact the mobile phone companies to alert then to the fact that there had been an identity fraud.

"Getting hold of these phone companies to stop what was going on was as bad as getting through to the bank," he says.

"Although I told them about the fraud just as soon as I discovered what was going on, one was rather slack in responding to the information I gave them.

"And the next month one of these refused direct debit notices was for more than £1,000! It was such a waste of money, and although I was not held responsible, I don't know if the mobile phone companies ever got the money back," he says.

Not Checking Proper Identification

John believes that in this case, the fault lies with the bank, as they let the identity theft fraudster open an account without showing proper identification.

"The bank let someone open an account without bothering to verify the details some crooks gave them. That should be illegal, but I am just happy it's over.

"I sometimes think about people who are not as financially savvy as me, someone older or who has not had it happened to them before. They might get very distressed.

"It's outrageous the bank did this, and I hope the mobile phone company is suingthe bank to try and get the money back."

He adds that even now that it's all over, it's not really the end of the affair. "With an identity theft fraud such as this, you are still left in limbo, even though I have proven that none of it was my fault.

"But luckily I have had no correspondence on this fraud for a few months now so I assume it's all cleared up."

Checking His Credit Report

He adds that when it was all over he applied to check his credit report with a company, and was able to see his entire credit report on Equifax. "They have quite a good system where you can apply on line to get it. They were very efficient about it," he says.

"Although the whole transactions have come onto my credit report obviously, I do not think it has affected it negatively.

"That said, I wasted a lot of time and it was inconvenient. I still don't know how much money I could be out of pocket at the end of the day, and whether thebailiffs could still come knocking at the door!"

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Jake584
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    I would always urge anyone now to report lost NI number. As I lost my card about 20years ago. And have had issues with someone…
    11 August 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    omg - Your Question:Hi I was out on a night out and lost my purse with my national insurance card ,bank card,provisional driving…
    1 August 2017
  • omg
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Hi I was out on a night out and lost my purse with my national insurance card ,bank card,provisional driving licence inside and…
    31 July 2017
  • Sam
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    My employed has accidentally published my name, national insurance number and date of birth online in a public domain. Am I at…
    29 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Bevie - Your Question:Hi there, my new bf wanted to put me on his car insurance. In order to process the quote he said he needed…
    25 July 2017
  • Bevie
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Hi there, my new bf wanted to put me on his car insurance. In order to process the quote he said he needed my NI no, I didn't…
    24 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: The National Identity Service
    Ed - Your Question:Who do I contact if I think I'm a victim of national insurance number idententy fraid
    13 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    mima - Your Question:I applied for my NI number when iwas 18, I got the letter a few weeks later but sudenly I had to travel…
    10 July 2017
  • mima
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    I applied for my NI number when iwas 18, i got the letter a few weeks later but sudenly i had to travel abroad and i left my…
    8 July 2017
  • AboutIdentityTheft
    Re: Your National Insurance Number
    Kwig - Your Question:Think my NI number has been stolen who can I contact to prevent anything being created in my name for a few…
    7 July 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the AboutIdentityTheft website. Please read our Disclaimer.