Warras says despite being able to afford a car and a house, he can’t get banks to finance him for the two assets because he has been “blacklisted”.
He claims that a stranger took out a R17000 Standard Bank loan in his name in May last year and he was only contacted later in the year by a debt-collection company.
“I was gobsmacked,” says Stock, who presents the popular 6-9pm show on the Gauteng youth station. He says the account was opened in East London.
“I’ve never been to East London. I just find this ridiculous. I’ve never lost my ID or [driver’s] licence or any other documents with my personal information on them.
“What bothers me is that when the loan wasn’t being repaid, why didn’t the bank call me. I could have told them then that I never applied for that loan.
“There is no supporting documentation with my ID or signature and they are telling me to wait for three months while they sort it out.
“I can’t wait three months before I can sort out my life,” Stock says.
Standard Bank spokesman Ross Linstrom says an investigation will take two to three days.
Danette van Wyk of the South African Fraud Protection Services says the number of incidents of ID fraud reported to them by the public has tripled over the past three years. She says fraudsters can easily gain access to personal information.
- lAnything with your personal details must be shredded before being dumped.
- Be careful at ATMs. “Shoulder Surfers” can get your PIN and get access to your accounts.
- Don’t carry your birth certificate, identity book, or passport, unless if and when necessary.
- Do not give out any of your personal information to strangers who call you.
- If you suspect that you have become a victim of identity theft or fraud call Southern African Fraud Prevention Service on (011)867-2234.