Clarkson stung after bank prank

This is a nice story.  It is not pleasant for the English celebrity but it does openly show an issue that I have tried to explain to people for many years.  If you provide someone with basic details of your banking arrangements they can (and will) take money from you.  Best of all your bank will not do anything to prevent this.

Surely a more robust method of checking authentication and authorization is possible to stop this open wound in our banking system?

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank details in his newspaper column.

The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people’s personal details on two computer discs.

He wanted to prove the story was a fuss about nothing.

But Clarkson admitted he was “wrong” after he discovered a reader had used the details to create a £500 direct debit to the charity Diabetes UK.

Clarkson published details of his Barclays account in the Sun newspaper, including his account number and sort code. He even told people how to find out his address.

“All you’ll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out. Honestly, I’ve never known such a palaver about nothing,” he told readers.

But he was proved wrong, as the 47-year-old wrote in his Sunday Times column.

“I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account,” he said.

“The bank cannot find out who did this because of the Data Protection Act and they cannot stop it from happening again.

“I was wrong and I have been punished for my mistake.”

Source BBC website

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~ by Simon Hancock on January 16, 2008.

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