19 Aug 2016 – Information seen by UK Shooting News suggests that the previously-reported Barclays Bank fishing exercise may have been carried out with a false identity.
Letters seen by UKSN show the same named person, who we will identify as “ER”, being named as a ‘manager’ and as a ‘central support assistant’ – and the letters were sent from two different counties, about 50 miles apart, on the same day.
It appears that the bank has been using this ER identity to communicate with rifle clubs, demanding they hand over copies of firearm certificates – revealing not only the exact firearms and ammunition the club holds, but the holder’s home address – and lists of club members.
NRA chief executive Andrew Mercer advised affected clubs to cooperate fully with Barclays and supply any information the bank asked for.
If ER does not exist and is just a generic name being used by the customer services department then the bank has, in effect, been carrying out a confidence trick on rifle clubs. Why lie about your own identity to one of your own customers when you are demanding they give you copies of very sensitive details about firearms and ammunition, and their owners, on pain of forced account closures?
UKSN’s author urges members and officials of rifle clubs that have been contacted by Barclays to get in touch. The information I’m interested in is the name of the person who contacted your club, the dates on which they did so, the information they demanded and the address on the letter from the bank.
Please pass this post to anyone you think may be able to help me build up a picture of what’s been going on here.