£1.6m bank fraud linked to man in Battersea cafe

Wandsworth Guardian: Do you recognise this man? Do you recognise this man?

A huge attempted bank fraud of nearly £1.6m is being linked to a man in a Battersea internet cafe.

These CCTV images, taken in Battersea, show a man Plymouth police wish to speak to in connection with an attempted high-value fraud.

On Tuesday, March 4, a man managed to divert all incoming calls to a large Plymouth-based company diverted to another number.

He did so by contacting the company’s telephone provider and masquerading as the company’s managing director.

Shortly after the divert was activated six faxes were sent to the company’s bank requesting money transfers to various UK and overseas bank accounts, totalling almost £1.6m.

The scam failed because staff realised calls had been diverted and reversed the process before being telephoned by the bank to verify the fraudulent transactions.

Faxes were sent from the internet cafe in Battersea, London and police have issued CCTV images of a suspect they wish to identify.

If you have any information that could help the investigation call Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 quoting police reference EC/14/2121 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or Crimestoppers.uk.org.





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