A group of fraudsters managed to buy £100,000 of motorbikes, cars, jewellery and veneers for their teeth using card details downloaded from the dark web. Members of the group would express interest in bikes and cars, telling the dealers that their ‘dad’ would call and pay over the phone.
Members of the group would express interest in bikes and cars, telling the dealers that their ‘dad’ would call and pay over the phone.
Then the ringleader, Aqil Khan, would call up and pose as their father, using the illegally-obtained debit and credit card details to complete the transactions.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Khan, along with accomplices Ashley Vickers, Dane Fitzwater and Samantha Doyle, managed to dupe sellers out of thousands of pounds with the scam. Fitzwater even managed to pay for a new set of veneers with Khan’s help.
Vickers also stole a £5,000 watch from a house in Rochdale after seeing it advertised online, as well as £4,650 worth of rings from Lepps Jewellers, and a £23,000 engagement ring from Time Piece Watch Repairs in Wigan. The group was caught when police found counterfeit banknotes in Khan’s letterbox on August 27, 2016. Officers seized his phone and discovered a long list of evidence that led them to his accomplices.
All four admitted the charges against them, while Fitzwater, 34, was also found guilty of conspiracy to defaud motor traders after trial. Mitigating for Vickers, Rosalind Bell told the court that he had ‘spent his life in and out of prison’ after a difficult childhood. All four are expected to be sentenced today.
Source : metro.co.uk