A GANG of criminals, who had been living a lavish life in plush villas in Alicante, have been arrested and sentenced by British Metropolitan Police.
From the Costa Blanca base the gang were operating a business specialising in fake IDs and documents, as well as providing tips on how to commit fraud.
The online “business” was called Confidential Access (CA). The heads of CA handled the running of the operation from Spain, while UK staff monitored the website and produced the fake IDs and documents.
According to Metropolitan Police, CA’s “authentic-looking documents” were sold in bundles, offering full credit profiles, including wage slips, credit history printouts and a postal address. One of CA’s most exclusive packages was called the platinum profile. At a cost of £5,500, it offered detailed instructions on how to commit identity fraud.
These fake bundles made it possible for CA customers to defraud companies out of thousands of pounds.
Police, who spent two-and-a-half years investigating CA before making their arrests, are now concentrating on trying to track down the 11,000 customers who bought from the criminal gang.
Police say they will centre their efforts on those customers of CA who have committed the most serious offences.