A key player in an organised crime group is starting a prison sentence after conning his victims out of more than £600,000.
Samheel Baig, 39, came to the attention of authorities after he was caught trying to defraud a woman in Canterbury in March.
The victim received a phone call from someone claiming to be a fraud investigator. She was told to go to her bank and transfer £6,500 to another account as the investigator warned her she could become a victim of fraud.
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She was told not to tell anyone at the bank why she was transferring the money.
Returning home, she received another call and was told to go back to the bank to transfer another £5,600.
It was then that she became suspicious and called Kent Police to report the incident.
An investigation led to the arrest of Baig at his home in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in June. Officers found two phones which contained information on potential victims along with their bank details.
Baig was found to have been involved in contacting victims and coordinating the transfer of funds into a number of accounts.
In each case the victim was called by someone claiming to be a fraud investigator who had noticed suspicious activity on his victim’s bank accounts.
At Canterbury Crown Court today (Monday) Baig was sentenced to six years and nine months after conspiring to commit fraud by false representation.
Det Con Mark Newman said: “Baig and other conspirators were relentless in their approach in contacting as many people as possible to try and convince them to transfer their money.
“He was a key part of an organised crime group who preyed on the most vulnerable for his own financial gain and showed no remorse for the effect his actions had on his victims.
“I would encourage friends and family members to pass on fraud prevention advice to help protect residents who may not be aware of this type of scam.”