A man who bought compromised card details on the dark web and recruited a delivery driver to intercept the fraudulent orders he placed has been jailed for three years.
Ademola Bolumole used the compromised card details to make up to 20 online purchases a day at a large retailer, buying electrical goods, clothing and aftershave.
Bolumole recruited Enoc Gyau, a delivery driver, to intercept the packages. Gyau was sentenced to two years in jail.
The crimes took place between January and February 2016, with total losses of £137,000. All losses were refunded to the genuine card holders.
The fraud was spotted by the retailer and Lloyds Bank and passed to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) to investigate. The DCPCU is sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from Financial Fraud Action UK.
Bolumole and Gyau were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court today (Thursday, May 4, 2017). Both had pleaded guilty.
Established in April 2002, the DCPCU has since achieved an estimated £479 million in savings from reduced fraud activity.
Det Con Andrew Lovett, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, said:
“This was a concerted effort to commit fraud and profit from crime.
“The police take fraud very seriously and these sentences should send a message to fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.”
Notes to editors:
1. Charges and sentences received:
Ademola Bolumole, 12/12/1980, of Gateway Court, Parham Drive, Ilford, Essex, charged with conspiracy to defraud: Three years’ imprisonment
Enoc Gyau, 25/11/1984, of Olympic Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: charged with conspiracy to defraud: Two years’ imprisonment