Maybe giving everyone your bank account number isn't such a good idea after all?
Jeremy Clarkson of the British show Top Gear said that the loss of millions of records containing personal information was a "storm in a teacup." He said identity theft was a sham, and he had a newspaper print his bank account details to prove it, along with information on himself, his address, and his car.
And then someone stole £500 from his bank account, and he's not laughing anymore. The theft was committing by doing a direct debit from his account to a supposed charity, as charities don't need an account holder's signature to do the debit. Not so surprisingly, Clarkson has eaten his words and now thinks that identity theft really is a big deal.
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