This follows the high-profile case of Derek Bond, a Briton on holiday in South Africa, who was arrested and jailed for three weeks after a fugitive wanted by the FBI stole his identity.
Sean Holohan, of BDO Stoy Hayward’s forensic accounting department said this worrying trend could be seen in the cases he investigates, where six out of ten people show some degree of identity theft.
‘We have seen people claim to be directors of well-known companies, employees claim to have the rank of another to steel their authorisation powers and job applicants manufacturing references as if from bona fide companies and concealing unsavoury information,’ he said.
Mark McMullen joins the private client services team from Smith & Williamson
Merger between Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants and Magma Chartered Accountants was finalised on 3 February
BDO has taken its new partner intake to 23 during the first half of its financial year, including the appointment of five partners in five weeks
The firm reports 7.6% global fee income growth for the year ending 31 December 2016