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23 Dec 2006

Under cover for 23 years

A remarkably successful identity thief was eventually brought to justice in Britain when an alert immigration officer spotted false documentation, sparking checks that revealed a fraudulent passport application. The self-styled Earl of Buckingham (not his real name) lived for some 23 years under an assumed name. The genuine Christopher Edward Buckingham died as a child. The fraudster's real identity remains hidden, thanks partly to Switzerland’s privacy laws since he was working in Zurich as an IT security consultant for an insurance company ... which itself raises all sorts of interesting insider threat questions.

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