Brothers jailed for credit card fraud
By UK CreditCards.com
Three brothers from West London have pleaded guilty of perpetrating a £600,000 credit card cloning scam.
Acton residents Ahmed, Mahmoud and Mohammed Charmaga were sentenced to a total of over 12 years in jail at Southwark Crown Court.
A factory-style setup, which had produced over 600 cloned credit cards for the family, had previously been smashed by the Metropolitan Police.
The Charmagas were found to have installed "skimming" devices on card readers including ATM machines, from which they were able to get the bank details of unsuspecting card customers. Illegal credit cards were then manufactured by the fraudsters.
Commenting on the case, Keith Harrington of the Met's plastic crime unit said: "The success of this investigation was due to the sharing of information between our partner agencies. "This enabled us to gain sufficient evidence to prosecute these fraudsters."
Published: 16 July 2009
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