On Friday 15th June 2018, 2 males from Blackpool were jailed for 8 years 9 months for their involvement in conspiracy to commit fraud, the males jointly carried out credit card fraud valued in excess of £140,000.00.
Operation COOK related to an offence of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud carried out between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017. The frauds were carried out by and organised crime group based predominantly in the Blackpool area, using two primary methods.
The main method used by the group involved contacting a victim over the telephone purporting to be either from British Telecom or from the victim’s bank. Once contact was made over the telephone, our victims were told that there was a problem with a BT direct debit or that there was fraudulent activity on their account. They were then persuaded to pass their long card number along with security code over the telephone to resolve the issue.
Once the crime group obtained card details they then used that information to purchase items or obtain services. Some of the victims were also persuaded to surrender their cards to a “courier” who represented the bank. This “courier” attended the home address to collect the cards. The majority of the victims were elderly and very vulnerable. They followed these instructions believing that they were assisting the bank to tackle fraud and crime. The victim then subsequently discovered that they were the victim of an elaborate fraud leaving them distraught and on occasion in ill health.
Staff from NERSOU collaborated with staff from Hertfordshire under Operation MANHUNT to carry out a joint investigation and prosecution of the suspects who had been targeting the North of England and Hertfordshire.
- Fabian MARA (aka Ryan Thomas) b. 29/03/1990 - Sentenced 4 years 8 months
- Kyle JENKINS b. 21/02/1996 - Sentenced 4 years