Village of the Scammed
These stories are becoming more and more common and the new chip and pin technology just doesn't seem to stop this ID theft type fraud taking place. This trend isn't helped by the fact that more and more retailers will not now accept cheques and some don't even like taking cash.
For those that are worried heres a link to a guide on how to avoid identity theft:
Ten Steps to Beating Identity Theft
And to lighten the mood here are X-Ray Specs from the late 70's telling us all about IDENTITY
A petrol station cashier was jailed yesterday for helping to defraud an entire village.
Abdul Samad Mohamed Raik cloned more than 500 debit or credit cards to steal £175,000 in a global fraud allegedly driven by links to a guerilla group in Sri Lanka.
Barely a single household in Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire, escaped the scam, which was carried out over a two-month period late last year.
Residents in the village, which has a population of around 1,500, had no idea that they had been targeted until learning from their banks that their accounts had been plundered all around the globe.