Con-artist duo jailed for preying on vulnerable people in Sutton, Croydon and Merton

Croydon Guardian: Con-artist duo jailed for preying on vulnerable people in Sutton, Croydon and Merton Con-artist duo jailed for preying on vulnerable people in Sutton, Croydon and Merton

A pair of con artists behind a £20,000 series of hoaxes around Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Bromley have been jailed.

Jevon Ansley Myles Grant, 20, and Shaun Moore, 22, were jailed for two years and 18 months respectively after owning up to a number of frauds in which they called people and pretended to be from their bank to get financial details and cards.

Among their victims was an 86-year-old woman from Richmond Green in Sutton. She got a call at home that alleged to be from her bank on Sunday, August 18, last year.

The caller explained that due to a large number of frauds he was working on a Sunday to issue new bank cards and PINs to customers. The caller asked the woman for her PIN and said he could arrange for the bank cards to be picked up.

Suspicious, the woman hung up and called the number on the back of her card but what she did not realise is the fraudster had not hung up meaning the line was still open. It meant she ended up giving out all her details to the caller before a supposed courier arrived on her doorstep to pick up her cards.

In a 20 minute period the fraudsters used the cards to make payments and cash withdrawals totalling £1087 at Asda in Beddington Lane.

Following the fraud, police enquiries led them to Grant and Moore who were arrested in raids in Sutton and Croydon in September.

Officers then linked the pair to frauds across London and concluded they managed to scam more than £20,000 from vulnerable victims.

Grant, of Lower Addiscombe Road in Croydon, was sentenced to two years in a young offenders' institution after admitting conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation at Croydon Crown Court on March 28.

Homeless man Moore admitted the same offence at the same court on February 10 and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

A police spokesman said: "The simple rule of thumb is never give your bank card to anyone and under no circumstances should you tell your PIN to anyone, no matter who they claim to represent - be it your bank, police or any other organization or authority."

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