Gang preys on addicts for IDs
Police and judicial authorities have gathered evidence which suggests that at least one gang is exploiting drug addicts in Athens in order to get their identification papers so they can obtain credit cards to purchase expensive goods, which they never pay for.
Kathimerini understands that police have obtained testimony from a 22-year-old addict from Kallithea, southern Athens, who was told that he would be given between 20 and 50 euros a day so he could get his fix if he handed over his ID card to a member of the gang. The 22year-old did so and the ID was used to obtain a credit card in his name.
The gang allegedly bought 14,000 euros’ worth of goods, including a motorbike, with the card. The addict also signed up to 30 official documents that the gang could use to get more credit cards or loans. Authorities are looking into the possibility that tax officials or bank employees cooperated with the criminals.