A man was jailed for fraud towards two elderly women in Croydon, police said yesterday (October 27).
Hamit Hamit, 33, of no fixed address was sentenced to five years and four moths imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court on October 21, after being found guilty of eight counts of fraud by false representation this April.
He was committing fraud by deceiving two 80-year-old women into giving him their bank cards and pin numbers for his own spending.
The two women, aged 82 and 83, became his victims when towards the end of April Hamit started calling them pretending to be one of their card-issuer banks’ employees
The women provided him with their personal information and bank card details.
Before the victims were able to understand what was happening, the fraudster visited their homes presenting himself as a courier from the banks demanding them to hand over to him their credit cards.
Hamit then spent thousands of pounds from the victims’ cards on his own needs, including jewellery and technology.
Detective Constable Jennifer Williams said: “These are appalling crimes that target the most vulnerable members of our local community here in Croydon. The victims themselves have been left to feel fearful in their own homes and in the communities where they have spent their entire lives.”