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January 10, 2008

Barclays boss defrauded by imposter

by Brian Turner

Story link: Barclays boss defrauded by imposter

A man posing as Barclay’s chairman Marcus Agius managed to draw £10,000 from one of the company’s high street branches.

The fraudster is believed to have used details about Mr Aguis found online to persuade call centre staff to issue a Barclaycard for the fraudster.

While embarrassing for Barclay’s executives, it comes close on the heels of Jeremy Clarkson losing £500 through fraud after revealing only basic account information.

The issues continue to raise serious concerns about identity theft, and the ease through which information can be found online and used for fraudulent purposes.

In the meantime, Barclays have apparently ensured security checks on persons claiming to be board members will be more stringent in future.

 

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