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Man jailed following phishing scam

February 20, 2013, 5:29 am

A third man was sentenced today, Tuesday 19 February, as part of a sophisticated phishing scam investigated by the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) which targeted UK banks and the Student Loans Company netting the criminal gang involved more than £1.6million. (F) Christopher Inokwere, 39, (3/10/73) a Nigerian national of Lilac Gardens, Bolton was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to three and a half years for his part in a conspiracy to defraud UK Banks and their customers of monies (contrary to Common Law): Two others were sentenced in 2012: (B) Damola Clement Olatunji, 26 years old (18.1.85) of Hamsterley Avenue, Manchester was sentenced to 6 years and 6 months imprisonment for: Conspiracy to Defraud UK Banks and their customers of monies (contrary to Common Law). Conspiracy to Defraud the Student Loans Company & money laundering offences. (A) Amos Njoroge Mwangi, 25 (7.6.86) of Rochdale Way, Deptford SE8 was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months imprisonment for: Fraud by misrepresentation, contrary to Sec 1 Fraud Act 2006 and making or adapting articles for use in fraud, contrary to Sec 7 Fraud Act 2006. PCeU investigators were alerted to the scam in August 2011 and discovered that a criminal network were targeting students through Government loan schemes. They did this by sending out emails inviting unsuspecting individuals to update details on their student loan account via a link to a convincing but bogus website. Once these sites were accessed by unsuspecting individuals, the suspects were able to gain unauthorised access to their bank accounts and extract large amounts of cash ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 at a time. PCeU investigators also uncovered a sophisticated scam that targeted UK banks with hundreds of victims having their bank accounts drained of their savings. As part of their inquiries, detectives worked closely with the Students Loan Company, the banking industry and Internet service providers. There have been several arrests during the inquiry: four men [A/B/E/F] have been charged (A/B have been sentenced and F was sentenced today. E awaits trial); three women [C/D/H] and a man [G] were released with no further action; three men [I/J/K] were arrested in January 2013 and remain on bail pending further inquiries. Detective Inspector Jason Tunn,of PCeU said: “Inokwere was involved in a highly sophisticated and organised criminal enterprise and systematically targeted UK bank customers in order to steal large amounts of money. Despite the complexity of the investigation, PCeU investigators worked closely with the Student Loan Company and UK Banking partners to identify those responsible and bring Inokwere to justice.” Sound independent advice can be obtained from “Getsafeonline.org”.

 
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