Four men are facing jail terms after they were found guilty of a £2.8m mobile phone fraud in which they ran up bills of up to £80,000 on customers’ accounts.
Three men were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and possessing items for use in fraud after a lengthy trial and a four-year investigation by South Yorkshire Police.
Kaleem Hussain, 30, of Maynard Road, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud.
London’s Blackfriars Crown Court heard the men piggybacked on mobile phone customers’ accounts and used their details to repeatedly call international premium rate lines and ring foreign destinations.
Waseem Rashid, aged 26, of Old Clifton Lane, Rotherham, gave his own details when obtaining a SIM card from a mobile phone shop in Meadowhall, and provided the details of another person to obtain a SIM which was later linked to 47 hijacks of genuine accounts.
Imran Rasab, aged 35, of Hooton Road, Mexborough, Doncaster, was behind a company which bought thousands of phone customer’s details from marketing companies.
When his home was searched police found SIM ‘gateway’ equipment with multiple SIM card slots, which were used to dial several phone numbers at the same time.
Nadeem Ali, aged 26, of Clifton Lane, Rotherham, travelled to France and the Netherlands where he used others’ Vodafone accounts to call internationally.
Detective constable Mark Wootton of South Yorkshire Police said the guilty verdicts came after a long investigation, carried out in conjunction with mobile phone companies.
“The conspiracy was organised and highly effective and as a result some victims received bills in excess of £80,000, which must have come as a shock.
“Vodafone rightly and properly helped pursue these criminals.
They will be sentenced on Friday, April 11.