Identity theft branded woman a criminal

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman has been wrongfully framed as having drink driving and drug-related convictions in an alarming case of possible identity theft

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman has been wrongfully framed as having drink driving and drug-related convictions in an alarming case of possible identity theft.Tracey Chew is still battling to clear her name after criminal record checks carried out during job applications show she has served a prison sentence.She believes someone must have pretended to be her by stealing her identity or her records could have been mixed up with someone with a similar name.Tracey is now struggling to hold down a job because every time she applies a check is run with the Criminal Records Bureau and it is returned showing she has a criminal record.She said: "It first came to light in 1994 and took until 2005 for it to be properly sorted out."I managed to get my record totally cleared eventually but when I went to apply for another job the same stuff came up again on my record."It is really scary for me because if I had not gone for another job I wouldn't have known these convictions were still on my record."The Criminal Records Bureau has admitted there had been a mistake with Tracey's record and has written to her promising to rectify the situation.A police spokesman said the problem of identity theft was rising across the country including in Weston.Officers urge people to be extra careful with personal information and to keep personal information secure, keeping valuable documents under lock and key and to destroy unwanted documents, preferably using a shredder.


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