An organised gang members have been detained for a combined total of 18 years and 2 months, after gaining access to as many as 2,000 BT customers’ accounts in an elaborate phone and email divert scam in the United Kingdom.
Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Economic crime Unit launched a complex investigatioin which spanned more than two years and identified 358,345 Euros in losses. But the full extent of the fraud is expected to be much higher.
The gang targeted in excess of 2,000 people, predominately in the Portsmouth area, between Mat 2014 and July 2016. They used then details to set-up PayPal accounts to order expensive items which were then delivered to addresses in the city controlled by the group.
Portsmouth crown court heard the gang spent the money on Rolex watches, high-value jewellery. TVs and designer clothes.During a police raid, the gang leader Festus Emosive 36, put a USB data stick in his mouth and chewed on it when police arrested him, making it impossible to recover any data.
Prosecutor Michael Forster said the gang diverted customers’email addressees and phones to accounts controlled by the group, meaning victims were left in the dark until their money had been fraudulently spent.
Festus Emosiovwe was jailed for 44 months, chloe Mylott, 16 months, charles onwu, 43 months, Victor Ngo, 43 months, Pinelopi Chatzitkonstantinou, fined £1,000, Adel Qadir, 29 months, Molade Fasuyi, two years and olukayode Adepiju, 19 months