“You achieved the highest score for any speaker” GARTNER
“Your presentation was so funny…everybody loved you” McAFEE
Bennett was one of the first major victims of Identity Theft in the UK. According to the Police and credit reference agencies, he owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, banks and department stores. The only thing was, it wasn’t him.
This theft resulted in Bennett 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 the Documentary How To Steal An Identity for Channel 4.
In the Documentary, Bennett proved, through a series of stunts, how easy the crime of ID Theft is to carry out by first stealing the identities of the general public and then, rather foolishly, stealing the identity of the Home Secretary. The Documentary was Pick of The Week in The Guardian and The Telegraph and was called ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ by the TV Times. Bennett was shortlisted for a BAFTA.
As a result of Bennett’s programme, the UK Driving Licence Application Form had to be changed…
The programme can be viewed here. And you don’t even have to put in your bank details to watch it….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URDjwb0fS4
Bennett now tours the world, telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’.
He was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress on Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption in Poland (twice), the Security Forum in South Africa and the opening keynote speaker at AUScert, Brisbane in front of 2000 delegates.
In addition to this, Bennett also speaks to Management and Customer Service Staff on the subject of Data Protection and GDPR showing how the repercussions from clerical, computerised or face-to-face errors can be devastating.
“Bennett relays his personal experience of identity theft in an entertaining and funny way which has really engaged our staff across the organisation. The feedback we have received about Bennett’s presentation has been exceptional and people really understand the consequences of what can happen if things go wrong.” Gareth Conway, Programme Manager, NFU Mutual
“Having Bennett join us at National Lottery HQ during Cyber Security Awareness month was fantastic. He really engaged the audience and made them stop and think about the importance information security and the real impact on people when it goes wrong.” David Boda, Head of Information Security, Camelot