Pair jailed after pensioners scammed for thousands of pounds
Musthafa Ali, of Banner Street in Clerkenwell, was one half of a two-man team of fraudsters who manipulated elderly victims
10 June, 2019 — By Calum Fraser
TWO men have been jailed for pretending to be police officers and scamming pensioners aged between 71 and 100 out of thousands of pounds.
Musthafa Ali, 21, of Banner Street in Clerkenwell, was one half of a two-man team of fraudsters who manipulated elderly victims into handing over cash after cold-calling them.
Mr Mustapha Ali and his partner Mizan Muhammed Ali, 23, of Waldeck Road, stole about £60,000 in a spree of scams spanning less than a year, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Detective Constable Ant King, of the Met’s Fraud and Linked Crime Online, said: “These men targeted vulnerable and elderly victims and defrauded them out of thousands of pounds. They masqueraded as police officers and couriers, and brazenly attended the home addresses of their victims to collect their criminal gains.”
An investigation was launched into the pair after a 71-year-old woman in Fulham was defrauded in November 2018.
On November 20, 2018 the victim received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer based in Hammersmith.
She was told her bank account and card had been compromised and used to fraudulently purchase expensive jewellery.
The caller told the victim to go to the bank and withdraw money, return home and wait for an officer to attend and collect the notes for inspection.
Later that day a car driven by Mr Mizan Ali arrived at the victim’s house and the funds were collected.
The victim received a second phone call from the fake officer and was asked to make a further withdrawal, to which she agreed and a second collection was made.
After speaking with family members the victim realised she had been scammed and reported the matter to police.
The following day she received a third call, requesting a third withdrawal. She immediately contacted police and an officer attended and waited for the collection to be made.
On this occasion Mr Musthafa Ali arrived at the address, and attempted to collect the money. He was duly arrested. Again a vehicle driven by Mizan Ali was present and made off from the officers on scene.
Whilst examining Musthafa Ali’s phone, detectives discovered the address of the 71-year-old victim, and four other victims, in his navigation history.
Mizan Muhammed Ali
Mr Musthafa Ali was charged in relation to this case, and a separate offence of the same nature in Didcot, Oxfordshire, in January 2019 committed while he was on bail for this investigation.
Mr Mizan Ali was later arrested following the execution of a warrant – his mobile phones were seized and found to contain the Satnav addresses of a number of the victims.
He was later charged in relation to all five cases which involved victims aged between 71 and 100 in and around the Kensington and Chelsea areas.
The scam resulted in the loss of more than £60,000.
Mr Mustapha Ali was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation. He admitted the offences and was jailed for two years and six months at Southwark Crown Court on Friday June 7.
On the same day, Mr Mizan Ali was charged with five counts of fraud by false representation. He admitted the offences and was jailed for three years and four months.