Would you credit it!

PUBLISHED: 18:16 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

Steve Hayes with letters from HM Revenue and Customs

Steve Hayes with letters from HM Revenue and Customs

CONFIDENTIAL personal details of 10 people were sent to a WGC man through the post. Tax credit overpayment letters containing National Insurance numbers, address details and the amount of money to be paid back – in some cases up to nearly £7,000 – landed

CONFIDENTIAL personal details of 10 people were sent to a WGC man through the post.

Tax credit overpayment letters containing National Insurance numbers, address details and the amount of money to be paid back - in some cases up to nearly £7,000 - landed on the doormat of a shocked Steve Hayes.

Steve, who lives in The Coppins, received a total of 11 different letters for residents across WGC and Letchworth Garden City, including, bizarrely, his own details.

The 47-year-old exclusively told the WHT that he had been worrying about what to do ever since.

"I couldn't believe it when I picked it up and saw I had so many people's details.

"My instant reaction was this has nothing to do with me; I don't even receive tax credits.

"I do not know what to do with the letters it's not exactly like I can just give them back to the people, because they may think I'm a fraudster."

The father-of-two, who lives on his own and was a pupil at Sir Frederic Osborn School, said: "It's disgraceful how this has happened. If I was someone in the know I could use this information to set up a bank account or anything.

"If someone had my information I'd be feeling really bad."

A HM Revenue and Customs spokesman said the matter has been sent to the Tax Credit Office for investigation.

* IN a bizarre twist, HM Revenue and Customs officers turned up at Steve Hayes' door on Friday demanding cash.

They wanted him to pay just over £3,000 back in tax credits, just days after he received the identification details of 10 people.

Mr Hayes, who does not receive any tax credits, told the WHT that he believed officials had made the mistake because of a mix-up over names.

He said: "They turned up my door asking me why I hadn't paid the money.

"I told them that I don't receive any tax credits and asked them if they expected me to pay off everyone else's details they had sent to me at the same time!

"Now I have been given a form to fill in, so I can be withdrawn from their list."

A HM Revenue and Customs spokesman declined to comment on the issue.


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