It wasn't until David Richardson had a lot of trouble getting a mortgage that he discovered his identity had been stolen ten years earlier. The BBC News reports that after David's birth certificate and passport had been stolen, an identity thief fraudulently opened two accounts in his name and racked up £6,000 in debts. "I would advise anybody to look after their personal details." he said. "It's amazing what kind of information you can get from a basic utility bill. People should be very careful with their personal items and documents."
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