BBC News – Private detectives given jail terms for ‘blagging’
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, all pleaded guilty.
Summers talked banks, building societies and phone firms into revealing confidential details.
The four were working on behalf of 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.