The fraudsters targetted elderly victims and claimed to be from the police, stating they were investigating fraudulant activity on their bank accounts. The callers pretended to be an Inspector Hart from Scotland Yard's Fraud Squad, a bogus policeman told the victims their bank accounts had been raided by criminals. They then asked the victims to withdraw large sums of money under the pretence it was part of their enquiries. The cash was then either collected by a courier or transferred into an account of a so-called 'financial mule'.
The gang have been sentenced for a total of 27 and half years.
The case received wide spread national press: