Galway Girl Ed Sheeran
2 August 2011, 07:08
Photos of Britain's ten most wanted suspected fraudsters have been published.
Among them, a man accused of conning people out of money in Derby by pretending to be Peter Kay's brother.
It's claimed 48-year-old Peter Stead offered to put on a comedy night for a 6-year-old cancer patient, but it never happened.
The list also includes a live-in carer suspected of a £35,000 fraud after she allegedly stole cheques from a vulnerable old woman and a man thought to be behind a holiday booking scam.
Crimestoppers, the national charity, said the 10 suspected criminals were allegedly responsible for a total of at least £200 million of fraud.
Lord Ashcroft, founder and chairman of Crimestoppers, said:
"This is not a victimless crime. Every single one of us is paying higher taxes, bank charges and insurance fees because of fraud.
"Serious fraudsters often operate as part of gangs and fraud is just one of their business streams. This can result in the funding of drugs and people trafficking, which causes real harm to many.''
Lord Ashcroft urged anyone with information about fraudsters, or the whereabouts of the 10 people featured on the list, to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or to visit its website.