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.

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