A man has been jailed for committing a series of frauds on elderly Londoners.
Jenade Scott, aged 22, of Queenswood Avenue, Waltham Forest, E17 was jailed at the Old Bailey for two years and eight months.
Detectives from Ilford CID investigated nine frauds in which Scott targeted elderly victims in the Woodford Green, Redbridge and Leytonstone areas. All but one of the victims were female.
Scott would call the victims on their home phones and state that there had been fraud on their bank accounts or an outstanding sum was owed to BT. On a number of occasions, victims were given a 0800 number to call him back.
During the phone calls, Scott would seek to obtain PIN numbers of bank cards. Subsequently, Scott would attend victims’ addresses, posing as a courier to collect the cards. He would use these to make cash withdrawals, visit restaurants, place bets and buy designer clothes and sunglasses.
The series of frauds netted Scott around £26,000 in total.
Police inquiries, including analysis of CCTV from banks, led to a search of Scott’s home address where items obtained from the frauds were found. Scott was arrested and pleaded guilty to all nine frauds.
Detective Constable Mohammed Said of Redbridge CID said: “Jenade Scott has targeted some of the most vulnerable people in society to fund his extravagant lifestyle.
“My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly to bring Scott to justice and we continue to investigate those who may be connected to him.
“There are numerous ways these callous fraudsters target their victims, but the key advice is never to give private banking information over the phone. Also please be aware that neither your bank nor police would call to collect your bank card.”
Further advice relating to such ‘courier fraud’ can be found here: