Norman Steele, father of three from Liverpool is the unluckiest man in the UK when it comes to identity theft. His identity has been stolen by scammers on approximately 47 occasions since 2001. And that's the ones he knows about!
It's not unusual for Norman to be caught out when paying for his groceries to discover that there's no money left on any of his cards. 'Its getting quite embarrassing. There's at least 30 odd incidents that it's happened to me in Tescos. There's me with my trolley stacked high and not a bean to pay for it. The girls at the store kid me on about me using my cards with no available credit all the time. ID theft, who'd have thought it?', said Norman. He then explained quite often he has to go weeks without money while the banks sort it out. On one particular day last December, someone had obtained a falsely obtained credit card in his name and purchased a motor boat, an iPhone, sex toys, a holiday to Mexico, fine art, jewellery, a new car, a slap up meal for eight, a few crates of vintage wine and a motor cycle. Norman's Christmas was ruined as it took months for the bank's to sort it out.
His wife is feeling the strain too and on more than one occasion she has discovered strangers raking through the wheelie bin. She told us one chap had gone head first into the bin and was unable to get out until she found him the following morning. The couple are also being telephoned thousands of times a week being asked for their card's pin numbers, being hassled by debt recovery companies, being called about the house sale and bothered by people pretending to be from their bank.
Liverpool police are unsure why Norman Steele has been targeted by the scammers and are overwhelmed by the amount of live cases they are actively pursuing. According to home office sources, Norman's passport is the most used in the UK and he is leaving and returning to British airports about a dozen times a day.