Fraudster jailed for scamming Radlett couple
PUBLISHED: 17:11 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:12 04 December 2014
A 21-year-old fraudster was jailed yesterday after he scammed a retired Radlett couple over the phone.
Conard Mukama, from Fontwell Close in Northolt, pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court to conspiracy to defraud between March and May 2013 and received an immediate six month custodial sentence.
On the evening of May 26 last year, a retired couple were contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer investigating fraudulent use of their bank cards.
They were told that arrests had been made and that their bank cards were needed as part of the investigation.
The victims placed their bank cards in an envelope and they were then collected by a courier.
The following day they realised the call was a scam after fraudsters had used the cards to withdraw hundreds of pounds.
Later in the week the couple were again contacted by a fraudster, but this time they kept the caller on the line while they contacted Hertfordshire Constabulary who were then able to send officers to the address and make a recording of the caller.
Although on this occasion a courier didn’t attend the address, officers were able to carry out extensive work around the telephone number used in the scam.
This led to a warrant being executed at Mukama’s address in London where the telephone that had been used in the scam was recovered.
Further analytical work linked Mukama to the Radlett offence and two other offences in London.
Det Con Darren Machin led the investigation and said: “It has taken some time to get this case to court due to complex nature of our investigation and we are happy the court has taken the serious nature of this offence into consideration.
“This has been reflected in the sentence, which is significant considering this was Mukama’s first offence.
“This was a despicable crime as Mukama preyed on the trusting nature of his victims and I hope this sends a clear message to anyone involved in phone scams that we will find you and ensure you are brought to court.
“I would also like to use this case to highlight the fact that phone scams are still operating in the area and people should be aware that the police and banks would never ask you to send your banks cards or money to them in any circumstances.”
He added: “I would urge people to share the following advice with their relatives and friends as these fraudsters are convincing and people of all ages and professions have been caught out.”
If you are not happy with a phone call and are suspicious of the conversation you have with a caller then police advise to end the call and contact them via the non-emergency number, 101.