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NatWorst shambles; GERRY'S ID FURY.

Byline: EDDIE FITZMAURICE

By EDDIE FITZMAURICE ARTIST Gerry King drew on The Sheriff's help after NatWest lost all his personal details - during a crackdown on identity fraud.

Gerry, 50, came unstuck as he opened an account for a greetings card business with girlfriend Louise Burston.

NatWest took copies of his passport, driving licence and National Insurance number, insisting they were vital in the fight against ID fraud.

But the bank proved useless at safeguarding the info.

Gerry said: "They told us not to worry and asked us to bring it in again. I thought they were having a laugh.

"Their business adviser had assured us we were in good hands - but they left us feeling extremely vulnerable." NatWest - whose parent company RBS got a pounds 20billion government bailout last year - offered just pounds 50 compensation.

So Gerry and Louise, 50 - who run their firm Zero Lubin from their Bristol home - put The Sheriff in the picture.

NatWest quickly doubled the offer and apologised.

Gerry said: "The banks had staggering amounts from the taxpayer - but NatWest won't be getting any of our cash."
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Date:Apr 26, 2009
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