YEN.com.gh is in possession of photos of a group of armed robbers who allegedly took a total of £377,943 from their vicitms.
The gang of thieves then spent a substantial portion of the money on items such as designer watches, expensive shoes, and mobile phones.
Information available suggests that the ringleader, Samuel Bonsu, and his accomplices used stolen cards to withdraw cash and go on lavish spending sprees.
They were however caught red-handed on CCTV cameras as they toured luxury shops around London.
Bonsu, working alongside Isaac Nai, 39, Junior Boakye-Yiadom, 28, and Bernard Kuffour, 30, drained £377,943 from their victims’ accounts between February 2015 and April 2016.
The scam was uncovered by internal investigators at Barclaycard and sent to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) which eventually brought them to justice.
It is believed the scam involved both ‘phishing’ and ‘smishing’ techniques to take over a victim’s bank account, tricking them with emails and texts into handing over personal information including PIN numbers.
The fraudsters would then impersonate the victims to order new bank cards, transfer funds, and change contact details on the accounts.
Detective Constable Lauren Smith, the lead investigator for the DCPCU, said “this organised criminal gang was using sophisticated techniques to commit card fraud on an industrial scale.
At Wood Green crown court this week, Bonsu, from Walthamstow, was jailed for three years and three months after he admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Nai was sentenced to 30 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service.
Boakye-Yiadom was given an 18-month suspended sentence, with 200 hours of community service.
Kuffour was given a 22-month suspended sentence, and also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
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