The North East Regional Fraud Team were recognised for their efforts and innovation at the Serious and Organised Crime Conference this year.
The North East Regional Fraud Team, part of the North East Region Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) were recognised for their efforts and innovation at the Serious and Organised Crime Conference this year and received a Highly commended trophy in the prestigious Keith Hughes Awards. This was for their investigation in a large scale vishing scam where fraudsters were telephoning victims and persuading them to move large sums of money, in most cases their life savings, into a safe bank account as there was fraud ongoing on their account. Once the victims had moved their money it was transferred into a number of suspect accounts ending up with the fraudster. To date 3 suspects have been sentenced and 8 have been charged and are pending trial.
Alongside the investigation, and one of the reasons the award was given, the team also recognised that prevention work could have a large impact on the community and worked with local colleges and universities to deliver advice to students to stop them from becoming involved as money mules. Utilising the IT background of one team member a mobile phone app giving advice on Money Laundering was created and made available to the students.
The team have also received a Judge’s commendation from Newcastle Crown Court for the complexity of the financial work involved in the investigation.