New trustee falls victim to identity theft fraudsters

The Law Society Charity is considering what steps can be taken to protect trustees from identity fraud when their personal details are made public at Companies House.

It is concerned by the case of Alison Stanley, a partner at Bindman & Partners solicitors, who fell prey to fraudsters when she recently became a trustee of the charity, which is also a company limited by guarantee.

Criminals obtained her home address and date of birth from the Companies House website and used them to secure a Virgin Bank credit card with a £7,500 limit.

Stanley believes she might have been a target because she lives in a block of flats, where it is easier for mail to be intercepted. She is worried that other trustees could suffer a similar fate.

"My fellow trustees were shocked," she said. "Pressure needs to be put on lending institutions not to accept online applications without making checks and writing to the prospective account holder for their agreement."

Amendments to the Companies Act 2006, expected to come into force before October next year, will limit the personal information that company directors are obliged to give.


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