UK: Computer expert at centre of credit card scam is jailed
Chris Osuh reports:
A crooked IT expert at the centre of a major credit card scam kitted out a shop with his ill-gotten gains.
Fraudster Syed Tirmizi traded the personal banking details of unsuspecting customers with online criminals, hoarded equipment for making bogus credit cards, and made a string of purchases using other people’s money.
The freelance software engineer even opened a clothing shop – Threads, on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme – fitted with CCTV, shelving and cabling bought using stolen credit and debit card details.
The 28-year-old – who boasted he had a contact at a major high street bank – even offered for sale leaked and hacked information including the maiden names of customers’ mothers, which are used as security passwords.
Tirmizi, of Crantock Street, Longsight, was part of a network of banking fraudsters, the court heard.
Read more in the Manchester Evening News.