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Two men jailed for £88,000 south west courier fraud

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee Image copyright other
Image caption Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee, were sentenced to 38 months and 15 months respectively for fraud offences

Two men have been jailed for a courier fraud scam in which they duped vulnerable people out of more than £88,000.

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee, both 19, of Quaker Street, London, tricked elderly people across south-west England by pretending to be police.

They were sentenced to 38 months and 15 months in prison respectively at Bristol Crown Court.

Both admitted conspiracy to commit fraud charges.

'Abhorrent crime'

The pair were part of a group which targeted about 300 victims across the Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police force areas.

A three-month investigation into the fraud also involved the Metropolitan Police in London.

Courier crime offenders use a variety of pretences to steal money from victims, often suggesting their bank card has been used by a criminal.

They will then send a fake courier to the address to collect the target's card or money.

Det Insp Tony Hubbard, of Avon and Somerset Police, said the offence was an "abhorrent crime".

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