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Jeremy Clarkson's Guide To Avoiding ID Theft

Here's my Word Of The Decade: Pwnd. It means 'to be comprehensively shafted, vanquished, taken advantage of, beaten or otherwise shaken down, with particular respect to having one's very identity kebabbed, as if by a very large orc clutching a very sharp sword".
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Written by Rupert Goodwins on

Here's my Word Of The Decade: Pwnd. It means 'to be comprehensively shafted, vanquished, taken advantage of, beaten or otherwise shaken down, with particular respect to having one's very identity kebabbed, as if by a very large orc clutching a very sharp sword".

You knew that already, you online denizen you. But now, so does Jeremy 'Pwnd' Clarkson, TV presenter, testosterone model and man-of-the-people newspaper pundit.

In particular, he recently indulged in punditry concerning ID theft, telling the readers of his Sun newspaper column that it was all nonsense. To prove it, he then told them his bank account number and sort code, together with other useful information. "All you'll be able to do with them is put money into my account."

Guess what happened next.

Aww.

By the way, that bit about the data protection act? Nonsense. A friend of mine has a standard response when told "We can't tell you what you want to know, because of the Data Protection Act". First, he tells them that this is rubbish. When they persist, he says "Fine. I'll call the office of the Data Protection Registrar and get them to give you a call to explain why it's rubbish." As he says, the DPR will indeed be happy to put people right on this - but it's never necessary, as the offenders back down in microseconds. Also works for people who say that they can't do something because of ISO9001 - they'll cave in before you can even look up the telephone number of the BSI.

Someone should tell Clarkson - he's easy to get hold of. Or so I've read.

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