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April 07, 2006

Blunkett Defrauded

I have to admit that when I saw this I was hoping for a much juicier story:

David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, has fallen victim to fraudsters who stole £8,600 from his bank account.

A copy of a £170 cheque paid to the gardener of his home in Sheffield was ob-tained by a man calling himself Paul Akinpelu. Details on the cheque were erased and re-written to draw £8,620 from Mr Blunkett's Lloyds TSB account into a Halifax account in Middlesex.

Yes, a Nigerian, a fraud, David Blunkett the victim....but no, no emails, no promises, no 419ers.

Drat.

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Comments

You can see why we need id cards though can't you? :)

Posted by: EU Serf | Apr 7, 2006 9:27:46 AM

He should've seen that coming.

(I'll close the door on the way out)

Posted by: Mr Angry | Apr 7, 2006 10:20:37 AM

This is one of the reasons why I use an ink such as Noodlers....

http://www.murky.org/archives/2005/09/noodlers_ink.html
http://www.murky.org/archives/2005/11/noodlers_ink_tests.html
http://www.murky.org/archives/2006/01/blue_ghost_noodlers_ink.html

Posted by: Murk | Apr 7, 2006 11:14:04 AM

The technology required to make check(que) papers resistant to all but the most complex alteration techniques has been available for years - sometimes for decades. And the cost is trivial. Go to www.standardregister.com and see for yourself. I have a very hard time believing that these technologies are unavailable to UK printers, so have to ask why the most elementary fraud-prevention measures are apparently absent from the average UK cheque.

llater,

llamas

Posted by: llamas | Apr 7, 2006 1:01:16 PM

All we need now are some squatters to turf him out of his grace and favour flat.

Posted by: nbc | Apr 7, 2006 1:13:59 PM