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    Possible Dodgy Situation Collecting a Parcel - ID Fraud?

    TL Version:
    What can someone do with photos of a driving licence with an out of date address on it?

    Even More Boring Story:
    Missed a collection from DPD yesterday (I was in, honest!). Anyway I set the re-delivery for a Halfords store, went in to collect around an hour ago.

    Queued and was asked for ID, showed my driving licence, it was grabbed out of my hand and the gentleman serving me went up some stairs on to a mezzanine, looked across at me then disappeared down (like kneeling), then there were 2 flashes - like a camera going off. He then stood up and picked my parcel up off the top shelf (!!) then came downstairs.

    I politely asked why my ID was taken so abruptly and the behavior just appeared suspicious to me - how he disappeared and flashes of light like on Pulp Fiction opening the suitcase! To which he got a little bit flustered/on the defensive and said I could 'see his manager when he gets off his lunch'. At the time I was flustered too and stated I was being careful as ID theft does happen. My driving licence in question has the incorrect address on anyway so I'm not sure what mileage there could hypothetically be from it.

    13 Comments

    Why don't you ring up the Manager and see what he says.

    Sounds too suspicious to be fraud. He was making it too obvious, which makes me think he wasn't doing anything.

    mutley1

    Sounds too suspicious to be fraud. He was making it too obvious, which … Sounds too suspicious to be fraud. He was making it too obvious, which makes me think he wasn't doing anything.



    Although if he didn't offer any explanation what was he doing oO as staff don't normally take a customers ID away with them they just look at it at the till.

    deb8z

    Although if he didn't offer any explanation what was he doing oO as staff … Although if he didn't offer any explanation what was he doing oO as staff don't normally take a customers ID away with them they just look at it at the till.



    He could have taken it away to check the name matches that with the parcel. Not everyone has a good memory for names. He wasn't asked what he was doing, he was asked that the customer speaks to his manager, which made him angry, hence the flustered behaviour.

    mutley1

    He could have taken it away to check the name matches that with the … He could have taken it away to check the name matches that with the parcel. Not everyone has a good memory for names. He wasn't asked what he was doing, he was asked that the customer speaks to his manager, which made him angry, hence the flustered behaviour.



    Still seems a bit weird to me we collect a LOT of parcels from so many shops and they have never ever taken away our ID .

    If the shop assistant has a bad memory they should write the name down on a piece of paper not walk away with your ID

    deb8z

    Still seems a bit weird to me we collect a LOT of parcels from so many … Still seems a bit weird to me we collect a LOT of parcels from so many shops and they have never ever taken away our ID .If the shop assistant has a bad memory they should write the name down on a piece of paper not walk away with your ID



    True that it is not usual for ID to be taken away but I wouldn't automatically think it was fraud. He should have asked the customer if it is OK to take the ID away.

    I think the obvious answer is that you must have a really dodgy photo on your ID and he was taking a snapshot to send to all his mates :-p

    Maybe he needed a copy of your id just to cover his own *** and didnt have access to a photo copy machine so took a photo instead

    Edited by moderator: "." 3rd Aug 2016

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    Original Poster

    Cheers for the replies, I know it sounds paranoid but it was so obvious I almost couldn't believe it. Hopefully it was a snapchat prank/he had bad memory for names and I have heeded the advice to get my address changed, did the application online after posting this.... after 3 years of living at the new address!

    super_leeds_86

    Cheers for the replies, I know it sounds paranoid but it was so obvious I … Cheers for the replies, I know it sounds paranoid but it was so obvious I almost couldn't believe it. Hopefully it was a snapchat prank/he had bad memory for names and I have heeded the advice to get my address changed, did the application online after posting this.... after 3 years of living at the new address!



    I still think it's worth asking someone even if it's via facebook/email etc why the shop assistant walked away with your ID as it really isn't the norm.

    if your concerned about ID theft and fraudulent accounts being opened in your name i would suggest signing up to a credit check facility. Experian & equifax are the 2 biggest but charge monthly. Noodle and clearscore are both free and you get a search each month so you can quickly see if theres any fraudulent accounts being opened?
    Edited by: "paul1005" 3rd Aug 2016
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