Four private detectives have been given jail terms for conspiring to defraud people by "blagging" personal information via persuasive phone calls.
Daniel Summers, 32, Philip Campbell Smith, 53, Graham Freeman, 51, and Adam John Spears, 72, had pleaded guilty to the charges at earlier hearings.
Summers talked banks, building societies and phone firms into revealing confidential details.
The four were working for private companies, solicitors and individuals.
Smith is also the subject of a separate computer hacking investigation.
The men were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court for the offences, which took place in various parts of England and Wales between January 2007 and May 2009.
Summers, of Kingston on Thames, was given two 12-month sentences - to run concurrently after pleading guilty to two of the fraud offences, while Freeman, of Spain, was given a six-month sentence....read more