Mumbles woman handed over £10,000 to bank fraudster
A WOMAN was conned into handing over £10,000 in cash by a man posing as an employee of Barclays bank.
The 60-year-old retired woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be called Amir Khan saying he worked for the fraud team of her bank. He told her there had been suspicious activity on her account and that the bank wanted her to withdraw £10,000 in cash so they could check it for fingerprints.
She was told if she had concerns about the authenticity of the call, she could call the number printed on the back of her debit card.
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The woman called that number and a female caller answered. When she asked to be put through to Amir Khan, the same man again spoke to her.
But prosecutor Ian Ibrahim said the fake caller had not hung up the original call and when the woman thought she had dialled a new number, she was simply waiting on the end of the same call.
"This meant he had never put the phone down so it was an open line," Mr Ibrahim told Swansea Crown Court. The woman then went to her local branch in Mumbles and withdrew the money.
When she returned home, she was called again by the same man telling her a courier would be sent to her address and he gave her a reference number to check with him.
A man pretending to be the courier went to her home, gave her the same reference number and she handed over the cash, her cards and pin numbers. That man was Abdul Haque who appeared in the dock after admitting six counts of theft and one of fraud.
Haque took the £10,000 before depositing £7,500 into another man's account, keeping the rest and her debit cards for himself.
Haque then withdrew £1,250 using her cards from six different cash machines.
The man Haque named in his interview as being the person who posed as the Barclays employee was also arrested but the Crown Prosecution Service said they did not have the evidence to proceed against him.
In her statement, the victim said she had been left "devastated" by the theft.
David Singh, representing Haque, said his client knew he faced a prison sentence.
Judge Phillip Hughes jailed him for 30 months.