Bennett Arron, Comedian, Author & Identity Theft Speaker
Several years ago, award-winning writer and stand-up comedian Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to mobile phone companies, catalogues and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was a victim of Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in the UK. This theft resulted in Bennett and his pregnant wife becoming penniless and homeless.
Years later, Bennett wrote a comedy show about his experience. The show was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and led to Bennett being asked to direct and present a Documentary for Channel 4. The Documentary, How To Steal An Identity, was Pick of The Week in The Guardian and The Telegraph and was called ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ by the TV Times. It went on to be shortlisted for a BAFTA.
In the Documentary, Bennett proved the ease of ID theft, by first stealing the identities of the general public and then stealing the identity of the then Home Secretary, Charles Clarke.This action resulted in Bennett being arrested in a dawn raid by Scotland Yard and given the code-name Operation Hydrogen.
Bennett has recently written a memoir on the subject. This book, which has received several 5 star reviews, is not only a disturbingly true yet funny account of what it's like to have your identity stolen and but also reveals the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’.
He has performed as a speaker at many corporate events around the world and he was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption in Poland (twice) and the opening keynote speaker at Auscert in Australia.
Bennett has been called... 'A Welsh Seinfeld' by The Guardian, 'Genuinely Original and Funny' by The Times and ‘Case Number 2477419’ by The Metropolitan Police.