A fraudster who made illegal transfers worth £5,400 by hacking into customers’ online banking accounts has received a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, at Inner London Crown Court today.
The defendant was also made to pay £1,500 in costs, and had to forfeit £2,080 of seized cash and a home cinema system.
Abdellah Soud, 48, of Ebenezer Mussel House, Patriot Square in Tower Hamlets, was convicted of having used online banking to access bank accounts and make several unauthorised transactions between 21st February and 8th May 2013.
Officers found evidence of fraud on his mobile phones, laptops and paperwork at his address along with two false French passports.
Mr Soud pleaded guilty to one counts of fraud by false representation relating to account takeover, two counts of possession of a false passport, and one count of possession of personal information and bank account details for use in connection with fraud. The victim of the fraud was refunded.
DC Dave Hughes, who investigated the case for the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), said:
“This case sends a message to criminals committing online banking fraud that they will be caught and brought to justice.
“Fraudsters are increasingly sophisticated and rely on obtaining your personal or security details to commit their crimes, so it’s vital that everyone follows the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign and keeps their personal information safe.”
Notes to Editor
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- The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a unique pro-active police unit, with a national remit, formed as a partnership between UK Finance, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police together with the Home Office. It is fully sponsored by the cards and banking industries, with an on-going brief to investigate, target and, where appropriate, arrest and seek successful prosecution of offenders responsible for card, cheque and payment fraud crimes. It is headed up by a Detective Chief Inspector and comprises officers from the Metropolitan and City of London police forces who work alongside banking industry fraud investigators and support staff.