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London university students jailed for credit card fraud

A pair of "very intelligent" students have been jailed for an online credit card fraud motivated by "greed".

Irfan Ahmed, of Cricklewood, north-west London, and Faiyaz Mohammed, of nearby Willesden, bought stolen credit card details online.

The 23-year-olds, due to graduate this year, used them to carry out fraudulent transactions.

Both were jailed for 10 months at the Old Bailey after admitting possessing articles for used in fraud.

The credit card details were bought from crime website Ghostmarket, run by 19-year-old former public schoolboy Nick Webber.

Webber, of Hampshire, was jailed in March for five years.

The court heard that Mohammed, a Kingston University student, was excited by the "cheap thrills and an adrenalin rush born from beating the system".

'Deviant behaviour'

He used some of the money to pay for the loan of a BMW 3-series.

Judge Paul Worsley told him: "You wanted to have what you wanted to have when you wanted it."

University of East London student Ahmed had no financial problems, the court heard.

The judge told him: "At home you were demonstrating an ability to lead a law-abiding lifestyle.

"But at university the behaviour in which you indulged was described as being deviant behaviour."

Addressing both fraudsters, he said: "You are both very intelligent young men. You come from good homes.

"There was absolutely no reason for you to offend because you need money in order to live.

"It was simply through greed."

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