Con artist steals £10,000 from Barclays

LONDON - An enterprising conman walked away from UK bank Barclays with £10,000 of its chairman's money, after posing as chairman Marcus Agius.

It is thought the fraudster perpetrated the high-profile identity theft by taking Agius's personal information from the internet and then tricking unknowing call centre staff into issuing him a credit card in the chairman's name.

Barclays blamed human error, saying procedures had not been followed fully but that lessons would be learned. It added that customers' money was guaranteed, as long as they took care of their personal information. Barclays has reimbursed its chairman for the funds stolen.

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