Eight Sentenced for £1m Fraud Involving Islamic State
May 4, 2016, 6:10 pm
Eight men have been jailed today, Wednesday 4 May for a total of 34 years for defrauding elderly people out of approximately £1 million.
The Old Bailey previously heard that the group was involved in what was described as an ‘industrial-scale’ conspiracy to commit fraud by targeting elderly and vulnerable adults in courier fraud-style scams. Police identified around 140 frauds and attempted frauds.
The investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) is one of the biggest courier fraud investigations carried out by UK police.
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The scam involved various members of the group working together to gain the trust of their victims and persuade them to hand over cash to their ‘couriers’ whom the victims believed were working for the police on secret...
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