This has been reported and raised on BBC Watch Dog. Now it has also been raised in the Metro - a reported had a debit from his bank account to Wxxxxx and he is NOT even a customer.
As is well known Wxxxxx has been advertising heavily on t.v. Indeed
sponsored the CSI and Law and Order programmes for at least the last
year. However whilst we *were* avid followers of all of the CSIs and
L&Os we stopped watching Channel 5 (and other channels) solely due to
the extreme irritation caused by the patronising Wxxxxx adverts. We
complained to the t.v. companies but never got any replies.
Now the adverts seem to have stopped - thank G*d.
However Wxxxxx have been accused of being legal loan sharks in that
their payback interest rates were sky high, and 2/ almost as an
automatic reaction they'd send the bailiffs round if anyone defaulted
repayment even by a day
Now Wxxxxx have been accused on more than one occasion of debiting
accounts that do not even belong to customers. That is: NON-CUSTOMERS
have had their bank account raided by this despicable firm.
This from today's Metro:
Richard Herring reveals how a recent case of bank fraud turned out to
have unexpectedly embarrassing consequences.
I have been the victim of identity theft. I know what you?re
?C?mon Rich, you?re too famous. No one could ever get away with
pretending to be you.? Well, somehow they managed to pull it off.
I checked my bank account the other night to find £513 was missing. I
know what you?re thinking, ?C?mon Rich, you?re too loaded to notice
the loss of such a paltry sum.? But I am afraid you have an inflated
sense of my fame and wealth. Almost like you?re being sarcastic.
I did notice. Because that?s lots of money. Also the payment was to
wonga.com, a company I would never use. Not because I think they?re
horrible loan sharks, preying on the poor and desperate, like
cash vultures (what kind of a monster would think that of such a
morally impeccable firm?), just because I?d rather sell both my
kidneys than give them custom.
I rang the bank and another similar payment to wonga was about to go
through. Surely wonga.com wouldn?t allow a debt to be paid off by a
card unconnected to the person loaning the cash? They?d do something
to stop that, wouldn?t they? I?m not going to say that wonga don?t
care where the money comes from as long as they get it, because there
must be some other explanation. You have probably thought of it
yourself, so no need for me to make a suggestion.
Luckily, as I was blameless, the bank immediately refunded me the
- posted 7 years ago