Phishing Thamesmead pair jailed after £1 million scam
PUBLISHED: 13:03 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 14 May 2013
Two Thamesmead residents have been jailed for their part in a gang carrying out an internet scam attack which netted them a woman's life savings worth £1 million.
Rilwan Oshodi, 29, Greenhaven Drive, was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and launder, and he will also have to pay back the victim £1 million. He was the only member of the gang to deny charges brought against them.
Annette Jabeth, 26, of Grasshaven Way, will serve four years in prison for conspiracy to defraud. Both were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday (May 10).
Another six people were convicted for their part in the fraud including Tamer Abdelhamid while 11 were released without charge after being arrested.
In December 2011, Tamer Abdelhamid, from Cairo, sent the British woman an email purporting to be from her bank. He directed her to a fake website where she filled in her bank details.
He sold the victim’s details to Oshodi for £3,200 who used Jabeth to ring the bank posing as the victim and changed contact details so the woman would be kept in the dark.
The savings were siphoned off and much of the money was spent when the gang embarked on a three-day spending spree in the 2012 New Year sales.
Oshodi’s flat was raided by police in September 2012, where they found credit card details for more than 11,000 customers.