The Hubris Of A Times Of London Columnist

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A British television presenter and newspaper columnist decided to show readers that the idea of identity theft was a “scam.”

So Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear published his bank account details in the Times of London.

To noone’s surprise, an enterprising prankster managed to take nearly $1000 out of his account. Clarkson recently woke up to find that someone had engineered a direct debit which sent GBP500 from his account to chairty Diabetes UK using details that were published in the Times.

According to Clarkson:

“I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes GBP500 from my account […] “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.”

See, kids… That’s why publishing your bank account numbers in one of the UK’s most widely read papers is a crap idea.