Four men have been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 34 years in jail for a string of fraud offences that totalled up to £1.6million.
The well organised fraud operation started in Oct 2013 after they stole over £335,000 from a trust account of a 57 year old man.
Then they stole identity documents of people and took out credit agreements with companies and ordered massive stock of game consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation’s.
After the large orders, the companies increased their credit limits which in return gave them a positive credit with the companies.
The four fraudsters then took over a company that sold electronics such as game consoles, laptops and accessories and sold them at a cheaper price than the original market price.
As the fraudsters expected, the cheap priced electronics they offered through their fraudulent website became popular during the Black Friday weekend having sold thousand of items thorough their site in a matter of days.
Unfortunately, the fraudulent business left customers out of money who were waiting for their PlayStation’s, Xboxes and other electronics during the popular Black Friday weekend.
When the Black Friday weekend had finished, the fraudsters had already sent £600,000 of the £1.6m they had made to another country leaving many customers out of money.
The four men were found guilty during a trial this year.
DC Shaun Nicholls of GMP’s Fraud Investigation Team, said: ”Black Friday is renowned for great online deals, and people who ordered the latest electronic gadgets from this company may have been saving up for months.
”The fact that their hard-earned money was taken so deceitfully by this group, by criminals who had absolutely no intention of providing the goods that they wanted, is absolutely disgraceful.
”Sadly, the dishonest behaviour of these four defendants shows that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
”As technology becomes increasingly advanced, people think they can hide online, but today’s result shows how committed we are to uncovering fraudulent behaviour and taking real action against it.”
All four men were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 13th April 2018.
Mohammad Tariq Ansari of Manchester, longsight was jailed for nine years for two counts of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to steal.
Jved Noor of Manchester, Whalley Range was jailed for nine years for two counts of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to steal.
Mohammed Arfan Rasool of Rochdale was jailed for seven and half years for two counts of conspiracy to defraud.
Khurrum Abbas of Whalley Range was jailed for eight and half years for two counts of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to steal.
If you have been a victim of a scam, you can report the incident to actionfraud.police.uk.
Or you can report through phone or online. (details below.)
You will have to provide information example: names, location of the fraudsters, details of how the money has been scammed or if you have been threatened.
If anyone has made threats to you with violence, you should report this to the police by calling 101.
If you have been a victim of fraud or spotted any suspicion fraudulent activity, you can contact:
Telephone: 0300 123 2040
Textphone: 0300 123 2050
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm