Heard The One About Identity Theft?
ABOUT THE BOOK
Comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone networks, banks and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett had become one of Britain’s first major victims of Identity Theft. It left him and his pregnant wife penniless and homeless.
Years later Bennett made a documentary on the subject, in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. As a result of the programme Bennett was shortlisted for a BAFTA and arrested in a dawn raid by Scotland Yard.
This is a true, disturbing and very funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and shows the devastating consequences of proving a point in the public interest.
Several years ago, award-winning writer and stand-up comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, banks and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was the first major victim of Identity Theft in the UK. The crime left him penniless and homeless.
Years later, Bennett wrote, directed and presented the Channel 4 Documentary How To Steal An Identity in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The Documentary was described as ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ and was ‘Pick of The Week’ in all the major press. Bennett was subsequently shortlisted for a BAFTA – and taken in for ‘questioning’ by Scotland Yard! As a result of the programme, the Driving Licence Application Form had to be changed.
Bennett now tours the world telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’. He was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress on Anti-Fraud in Poland, the Security Forum in South Africa and he was the opening keynote speaker at AUScert, Brisbane in front of 2000 delegates.
Bennett speaks at conference but also speaks to Management and Staff at various companies and institutions on the subjects of –
- Identity Theft,
- GDPR (satisfying compliance requirements)
Bennett explains how the repercussions from clerical, computerised or face-to-face errors can be devastating for both clients and companies. He shows real-case examples of how phishing, cold-calling and investment scams have cost people hundreds of thousands of pounds and how he himself has conned people on social media into handing over information.
Bennett can also be booked for comedy engagements too.