UK: Loan firm ‘Buy As You View’ promises probe after papers found in street
Paul Kelly reports:
Red-faced bosses have apologised after papers outlining debts owed to a high-interest loan company by South Tynesiders were found discarded in the street.
Liz Garlinge, 55, was leaving her home in Honeysuckle Avenue, West Harton, South Shields, when she saw the highly sensitive document lying on her drive.
She was stunned to find the personal details of 32 customers across the borough who have loan accounts with ‘Buy As You View’.
The South Wales-based company offers loans to pay for household goods – with clients paying off debts by feeding coins into a meter connected to their television set.
The information included customers’ names, addresses, telephone contact numbers, the balance of their debts – most between £1,000 and almost £6,000 – their last payments and the arrears on their accounts.
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