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Finding out someone's address from bank (illegally)

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Hazeleyeslie75 · 25/09/2022 23:20

Asking this as I am worried this may have happened to me,
If you have a friend who works at a certain bank branch let's say RBS, could you ask them to check someone's details just by giving first name and surname - would they be able to find out your address?

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YetAnotherChanger · 25/09/2022 23:25

They shouldn’t look but they can, all accounts accessed leave a footprint though.
Ask the bank to review account access.

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Hotandbothereds · 25/09/2022 23:28

It would be a breech of GDPR but that information is there, who logged into your account to see if will be traceable.

If you think this has happened report it to the bank as a GDPR breech - who do you think your address has been passed to & why? Are you safe?

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Nn9011 · 25/09/2022 23:55

All account access is monitored by internal fraud teams. Looking at accounts without genuine reason is closely monitored and is a sackable offence. Highly unlikely anyone working for a bank would take the risk.

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5foot5 · 26/09/2022 00:10

I used to work in IT for a building society. It would be possible for a staff member to find this information but it could be traced and would be treated very seriously. Sacked and never work in financial services again. Staff members would know this and know what they were risking.

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TheRainbowLady · 26/09/2022 00:21

Yes this is possible, especially if you have a name which is unusual. A name like Sarah Smith would bring up thousands of result.

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Nn9011 · 26/09/2022 00:22

Also just wanted to add sorry, with only first name and surname it is highly unlikely the system would be able to find you. Most will require a post code or other info like card details or account details.

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5foot5 · 26/09/2022 00:46

Nn9011 · 26/09/2022 00:22

Also just wanted to add sorry, with only first name and surname it is highly unlikely the system would be able to find you. Most will require a post code or other info like card details or account details.

Depends what sort of access they have.

If they can do a SQL query on the database then yes they could find it. But that sort of access would presumably be limited and, again, everyone in that situation will be well aware of the implications and consequences of improper access.

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