Family ‘of fraudsters fleeced dozens of pensioners into parting with £1.3 million in a phone scam before spending the cash on sports cars, Rolexes and a house in Dubai
- The Mohammed family ‘conned £1.3million out of scores of pensioners’
- ‘They bought sports cars, jewellery, Rolex watches and house in Dubai’
- A court heard the family cold-called 42 victims posing as bank workers
- Conmen said to have boasted about getting ‘losers’ to hand over money
A family of fraudsters conned £1.3million out of scores of pensioners and bought sports cars, jewellery and Rolex watches – as well as a house in Dubai, a court heard.
The Mohammed family cold-called 42 elderly and vulnerable victims posing as bank workers and persuaded them to hand over their savings.
The conmen boasted about taking money from ‘losers’ but were rumbled when one of them used the landline at their family shop in Glasgow and police traced the call back to them, a court heard.
Among their victims was a retired couple from Wiltshire who lost £84,000.
Prosecutor Rupert Lowe told Bristol Crown Court: ‘The declared income of the Mohammed family was extremely modest but they had the trappings of very significant wealth.
‘They hired Ferraris and Lamborghinis and purchased a Mercedes in cash, which was sitting on their drive. They bought expensive watches, jewellery and designer bags, they indulged in high-value gambling and travelling and they purchased a house in Dubai.’
The cold callers would claim to be bank workers and tell their alleged victims they were being defrauded and encourage them to transfer their savings into another account. The money was then moved between accounts before being withdrawn.
When the conmen were arrested at a home in Glasgow in November 2014, police found 41 mobiles, 57 sim cards and dozens of phone numbers scrawled on a wall.
‘Kingpin’ Atif Mohammed, 24, and his cousin Asif Ali, 33, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud at Bristol Crown Court last year.
Their cousins, brothers Shakeel and Shabeer Ahmed, admitted the same charge in July last year and January this year.
Atif’s brother, Saif, 20, admitted concealing, disguising, transferring or converting criminal property.
The scammers were fed the contact details by call centre worker Zoe Latif, 25 – girlfriend of Atif Mohammed – and used mobile phones to ring their victims. She admitted encouraging or assisting indictable offences.
Atif and Saif’s mother Shameem Ali Mohammed, 44, denies any knowledge of the fraud. She is appearing in court charged with possessing criminal property.
Officers allegedly found £100,000 in cash hidden under her bed and in a false partition at the top of her wardrobe. The trial continues.