Imposter cleared out bank account
Gloria Hunniford has slammed bank security after a fraudster walked into a Santander branch and managed to empty her bank account by posing as the TV presenter. A woman walked into the branch with a fake daughter and a teenage grandson to change the signatory on the 76-year-old’s account because ‘she had been ill’.
Personal banker Aysha Davis was cleared of any wrongdoing in a case against the 18-year-old stand-in grandson Alan Dowie and Reyon Dillon, who laundered money from the scam. The 28-year-old bank assistant said that she did not think there was anything strange about the incident at the time, and that she was not aware of who the Armagh-born presenter was.
“The name on the ID card was Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford, and sorry to be stereotypical but this lady looked like a Mary,” she told jurors.
“I had to google Gloria Hunniford and even if I passed her on the street I wouldn’t recognise her because she’s not from my time.
“I asked the older lady ‘How come you’re adding your grandson and not your daughter?’ she said she’d been ill and she wanted to add her grandson. Police are still looking for the Gloria Hunniford imposter and stand-in daughter.
She said that as they had all the correct ID documents and paperwork it wasn’t her job to pry for fear of causing offence. Hunniford has been reimbursed by Santander, but said she no longer trusted the banks, expecting stricter measures to get someone added to an account.
“The banks will have to up their security tactics. “They’ve nothing to give you these days, no interest to give you for savings, the only thing they have to offer is ‘trustability’, safety and the knowledge that you can trust your bank. “I feel violated. I have no trust for the banks.
“I know that the scammers are very, very clever these days but you know the thing is – she said her daughter was with her and sadly I don’t have my daughter anymore.”