A family of criminals who conned 42 pensioners out of £1.3 million of their life savings and spent the money on sports cars, luxury watches, and holidays to Dubai, have been sentenced to over 20 years in prison.
The crime family, led by Atif Mohammed, 25, would cold call victims and pose as fraud advisers from high street banks and advice the victims they had been targeted in a suspected fraud.
They then asked the victims to hang up the phone and call the banks fraud team themselves to verify that they are indeed speaking to the banks fraud department.
But the scammers then stayed on the line and intercepted the return call deceiving the victims into believing they are speaking to the banks fraud department.
At least 42 people across the UK were then encouraged to transfer their savings after being duped by the family.
One pensioner had over £129,000 stolen from him while another victim had £84,000 stolen in a single day during the scam.
The family spent the money on a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo, a Land Rover, a Ferrari and a Mercedes, designer hand bags, gambling, and trips to Dubai, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Police eventually traced one of the scam phone calls, which led them to the crime family. The families six bedroom home in Myrtle Park was then raided by the police and they found over £100,000 cash hidden away in the property.
Seven members of the family have now been sentenced to over 20 years for the scam.
Judge Barry Cotter QC said “It was a high life lived on the hard- earned money of others, the sweat and toil of other people, by you, the most dishonest of people.
“A clear message needs to be sent out to anyone engaged in this that they will receive a significant custodial sentence.”
Ringleader Atif Mohammed, 25, was jailed for six years while his cousins Asif Ali, 33, was jailed for 5 years 10 months, Shabeer Ahmed 25, was jailed for five years and two months and Shakeel Ahmed, 21, was jailed for three years and six months after they all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Atif’s girlfriend, Zoe Latif, 26, who provided the family with customer bank details, was given a 9 month sentence, suspended for two years.
Atif’s mother, Shameed Ali Mohammed, 44, was also jailed for two two years.