Cyber fraudsters convicted of banking scams in south-east London

By Rob Virtue on March 13, 2014 5:55 PM |

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Members of a gang who stole £1.25million in high-tech banking scams and bought a host of luxury goods with stolen cards have pleaded guilty to fraud.

The case saw devices fitted to computers with sensitive information, including at a branch of Santander in Surrey Quays.

It was part of a number of frauds committed across the capital. As well as stealing the cash they bought Rolex watches and designer jewellery worth over £1m with the cards.

The scam at Surrey Quays was carried out by Dean Outfram (pictured), 32, of Clifford Gardens, NW10, in September last year.

He fitted a device known as a keyboard, video, mouse, to a computer to gain access to accounts.

Police found out about the crimes after a device was previously fitted to a computer at Barclays in Lewisham. Staff contacted officers after discovering £90,000 was missing from accounts.

Other members of the gang used 500 'high value' bank and credit cards, either stolen or intercepted, to buy the luxury goods, by tricking the account holders into giving over numbers.

T/DCI Jason Tunn, of the MPS Cyber Crime Unit, said: "The sheer volume and size of the investigation undertaken has been staggering and the MPS detectives and industry partners, including Barclays and Santander, should rightly be praised for their immense efforts in solving this case."

Twelve men, aged between 26 and 48, and all based in London, pleaded guilty to fraud charges. Another two denied the charges but were found guilty at Southwark Crown Court.

They will be sentenced at a later date. Charges against another man were dismissed.