Man sentenced for fraud by false representation – Bicester
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Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced for fraud by false representation.
Mohammad Masood, aged 27, of Saint Bartholomews Road, Newham, London was sentenced yesterday (17/11) at Oxford Crown Court to 16 months’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation.
The judge has confirmed that Masood has already served this sentence whilst on remand and so will not serve any more time in prison.
On 8 July 2019, the victim, a man aged in his nineties, received a call from someone pretending detective from Scotland Yard who told him that his bank cards had been used fraudulently and that a man had been arrested.
The victim was then asked about his bank accounts and how much was in them as well as requesting pin numbers. The victim did not disclose this information. He was subsequently told that a courier would attend his home address in Bicester and collect his bank card and pin number.
The victim ended the call at this point and reported this to Thames Valley Police.
Officers attended the victims address and whilst there the victim received a further call telling him what to do when the courier arrived.
Shortly after a black VW Golf arrived. Masood got out of the car and approached the victim’s house, asking the victim if he had the package.
Officers then arrested Masood. He was charged on 9 July 2019.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Steven Bates, based at Witney police station, said: “Thankfully the victim in this case was aware that the call he received was not genuine and was able to contact us so that we could bring Masood to justice.
“Masood attempted to take advantage of an innocent member of the public in order to take money from him.
“The police will never ask you to move money to a safe account, ask you to reveal your banking PIN or full password or send anyone to your house to collect cards, cash or jewellery.
“You can protect yourself and your money and contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and make a report to Action Fraud.”