Wouldn't it be interesting to have access to this kind of identity service? Vigilant teller unmasks major identity theft ring.
A PERSONAL cheque for $976, produced by a smiling woman at the ANZ bank's Miranda branch on April 26, seemed in order - with one exception.
Claiming to be Gianna Swadling, the woman did not know the teller was a friend of the real owner of the account. When challenged, Ms Swadling's impostor fled.
[...] By May almost $10 million had been stolen by people using seemingly real identification documents to open new accounts, obtain credit cards and loans, or access the funds of legitimate holders.
The fake identifications included stolen Australian passports with photos of the true owners replaced with pictures of those adopting their identities, complete with duplicate Australian Government holograms.
The alleged fraudsters even produced NSW drivers licences, complete with waratah holograms and manufactured in Indonesia and Bangladesh, along with Medicare cards and bogus electricity or water-rate bills to create fake accounts, or shadow accounts of real companies...
To be fair, the teller was not "vigilant", she knew the chequebook owner personally and, if she hadn't, they would have got away with it again. Her vigilance amounted to, "Gianna Swadling? In your dreams sister."