Identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels” according to a woman who claims that her name is Dustin Hoffman.
There were 89,000 cases of identity fraud in the first six months of 2017, a record number for a crime that involves criminals pretending to be another individual for the purpose of stealing money, purchasing goods, taking out loans and/or car insurance and securing acting roles in early 80s Hollywood movies about gender realignment.
Mrs. Hoffman, who is Head of the UK anti-fraud organisation B.I.O.B. (Balloons Instead of Breasts) said, “Identities are now being stolen at a rate of roughly 500 per day. The vast amounts of personal data that are available online mean that I, sorry – they, the criminals I mean, only need to get hold of your name, address, date of birth and bank account details before they’re able to completely replicate your entire life except perhaps how good you are at playing football.”
The problem is apparently now getting so bad that Mrs. Hoffman claims in the UK alone there are approximately 16,000 Queen Elizabeths, 27,000 David Beckhams, 14,500 Bob Marleys and at least 1 Lilly Savage.
Identity criminals are able get hold of personal information by stealing mail, hacking computers, trawling social media, tricking people into giving details or buying data through the “dark web”, so people are advised to be on the lookout for Postmen that befriend you on Facebook and write things like: “Find out your Star Wars name by putting your name, address, date of birth, bank details, mother’s maiden name, first street you lived in, pet’s name, child’s name and first school you attended together then send them all to me – Lol 😊.”
“We must all be alert to the threat and do more to protect personal information – so if you send me your name, address, date of birth, bank details, mother’s maiden name, first street you lived in, pet’s name, child’s name and first school you attended so that we can verify who you are, I’d be more than happy to help you reset all your passwords and PIN numbers to something more memorable,” Mrs. Hoffman added.