Max Hastings's wife had a Fulham investment property stolen via identity theft. The short version is: The fraudster rented the property. An accomplice then changed her name by deed poll to match the owner, Penelope Hastings. The fraudster then approached an agency, claiming to be working as a proxy for Mrs Hastings. The agency checked the false Mrs Hastings's ID using her new passport, and declared it to be kosher. The property sold, and the real Mrs Hastings only found out about it when the new owner discovered she'd been duped. OK, the house didn't actually get stolen, but £1.35 million ($2.8 million) did.