Three men have been sentenced for scamming elderly victims into handing over their money.

The scam artists were sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on the 22nd December for courier fraud.

All three defendants were found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court.

A forth man, Sayim Ahmed, 22 who was known to the three defendants was found not guilty by the court.

Kawsar Ahmed, 19 was sentenced so serve 16 months behind bars for possessing or supplying articles for use in fraud.

Charlie Heath, 23 was sentenced to serve three years behind bars for making and supplying articles to use in fraud.

Shaheedul Abedin, 20 was sentenced to serve 12 months behind bars for possessing or supplying articles for use in fraud.

Detectives launched an investigation after many courier fraud offences were reported.

The three defendants were taken into custody by the police in June 2016 as an ongoing investigation after a elderly lady was scammed of handing over her passport, bank cards and £250 cash.

in 2016 June, police officers were on a call when they ended up pulling over a white Audi vehicle which had no connection to the call out they were on.

Two men immediately ran when pulled over by the police and a passenger got into the driving seat and drove off. Officers chased the after the two men who ran and were later captured.

Officers later found an envelope with the a passport, bank cards which belonged to a 78 year old lady as well as 45 names, numbers, contacts and addresses that belonged to other elderly people in Camden.

During the police investigation, officers made contact with the victim whose bank cards and passport was found. She told the police officers that she was called by a man on her landline who said he was from the police department and was investigating suspicious activity on her bank account which could be fraudulent.

The scam artist set up a security password with the elderly lady over the phone and told her a man will turn up requesting cash and bank cards. after a while, a man turned up at her house and took the items.

Forensics later found Kawsar Ahmed’s fingerprints on the recovered items and he was arrested there after.

All three men were charged on the 11th March and sent behind bars on 22 December 2017.

Detective Constable Neil Pilgrim, said: “Courier fraud is a despicable act that usually takes advantage against the elderly or otherwise vulnerable victims. These three criminals will have the festive period to reflect on their actions.

“The Met’s advice about courier fraud is that the police and your bank will never ask for your PIN number or your bank cards. If you are called and asked for these items – hang up straight away. The police will never call you at home and ask you for money, whatever the reason.”