Ex-cop 'holding 40 million bank details'

A former British police officer has declared that he is in possession of the details of 40 million people’s credit card, debit card, current and savings account details.

Colin Holder has spent more than $324,000 purchasing the details on the black market since retiring the force – and he now plans to make the money back by charging people to check whether their details are in the database.

In addition to credit card and debit card details, Mr Holder has also collected home addresses and PIN numbers.

Speaking to the Washington Post, he claimed that he is only charging money in order to recoup the costs of maintaining the website where customers can find out if there details have been pinched.

"This project is costing me £6,000 a month to operate and I’m only charging to help recover those costs. In 90 per cent of cases, the searcher will never have to pay a penny," he said.

Although he worked for the Metropolitan Police for much of his 30-year career, Mr Holder was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office for the last ten years of his service.

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