Incompetent criminals tried to rip off Ricky Gervais
From The Daily Mail:
"Fraudsters transferred more than £200,000 from Ricky Gervais's bank account in a scam to buy gold bullion, the comedian revealed today. But the thieves were caught when they used a fake passport - complete with a photo of Gervais playing David Brent that had been cut from an Office DVD - to pick up the precious metal. The criminals used bank insiders to access the star's account details and ordered the bullion in his name. Gervais was only alerted to the attempted theft by bank staff, who asked for permission to involve police in the case. Once the gang were caught, the TV star was contacted by a police officer. Mr Gervais, 48, said: 'How did they think they were going to get away with it? 'The policeman said, "They normally get a passport from either a dead man or steal one and replace it with your details and your picture". 'The CID man started smirking, so I went, "What?" and he showed me this passport. 'I tell you what, we were laughing for ten minutes. 'All they did was cut out the picture on the first series of The Office DVD. So it's a picture of David Brent sitting at a desk with that little smug look on his face. 'Can you imagine who was in charge of getting the photo? '"Dave, you're doing so and so. Julie, you're on the inside. Bertie - can you get a picture? '"What are you going to HMV for?"' Gervais revealed details of the ruse - which took place several years ago - for the first time in his Law & Order podcast, which goes on sale tomorrow. The millionaire star, who got his money back, didn't appear in court to see the frausters jailed."