Four in court today after police swoop on phone scammers

Phone scam arrest
Phone scam arrest

Four men who were arrested on Wednesday are due to appear in court today after being arrested in connection with a series of phone scams.

They have been charged with conspiracy to defraud by false representation.

The men, alongside another man and two women, were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning following the execution of a number of warrants in north London.

The warrants were led by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit’s (ERSOU) Hertford-based phone scam task force.

Its officers targeted those believed to be involved in phone scams in areas including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Sussex and Thames Valley.

ERSOU officers, supported by police from six counties including Herts, executed warrants at six addresses. The team was also supported by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The following men have been charged:

– Mohammad Miah, 21, of Coopers Place, Kings Cross.

– Motahir Rahman, 23, of Kiln Place, Kentish Town.

– Mohammad Ahmed, 22, of Hemmingway Close, Gospel Oak.

– Salam Uddin, 18, also of Hemmingway Close, Gospel Oak.

They have been charged with conspiracy to defraud by false representation and are due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court today.

A 22-year-old man from Camden has been reported for conspiracy to defraud by false representation and will appear in court at a later date.

The two women from North London arrested, aged 20 and 21, have been bailed until Wednesday, August 27.

Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence, who leads the ERSOU phone scam taskforce, said: “The warrants executed on Wednesday demonstrate how we will continue to make the region a hostile place for anyone suspected of being involved in phone scams.

“Our dedicated task force will continue to work hard in gathering evidence, identifying those believed to be involved in scams and making arrests.

“And although we are continuing to make arrests, I would urge people to remain aware that phone scams are still operating across the region.

“As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.

“If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101.

“Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.

“Please also remember that your bank and the police would:

– NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone.

– NEVER ask you to withdraw money and send it to them.

– NEVER ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property.”

ERSOU was established in 2010 to deliver an increased response to tackling the threat of organised crime across the six police forces in the Eastern Region of the United Kingdom and to provide specialist covert policing capability to law enforcement.

The unit is made up of resources from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, to identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups impacting on the Eastern Region. The unit creates additional specialist capability across the region through effective partnership and collaboration to make the region a place hostile to organised crime.