Britain's Most Wanted Fraudsters Revealed
Police have released the faces of 25 of the most wanted identity fraudsters who have been caught in the act.
They allegedly stole other people's personal details and then tried to use their own photographs to get passports, driving licences and other official documents.
Some of their victims may have had information taken in burglaries or muggings, others may simply have been intimidated into revealing it.
The scam is often used by organised gangs to commit crimes such as money laundering, drug trafficking and illegal immigration, say investigators.
Nigel Kirby, of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), said: "Be in no doubt, these fraudulently obtained documents are being used by criminals for criminal purposes.
"Passports and driving licences do not just allow you to travel and drive, they are important identity documents that can be used to support applications for mortgages, bank loans and benefits."
The Crimestoppers charity wants the public's help in tracking down the 25 alleged fraudsters.
Director of operations Roger Critchell said: "We need to protect ourselves from such criminals, particularly now with data-driven identity crimes making up the vast majority of all fraud in the UK."
Identity theft is the fastest growing type of fraud in Britain, and hit an all-time high last year with 150,000 identifiable victims, according to the UK's Fraud Prevention Service CIFAS.
:: Anyone who recognises any of the suspects can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online