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Gang ‘lured jobseekers with fake Harrods adverts as part of £1million scam’

Wednesday 11 Sep 2013 9:56 pm

Jobhunters applying for work at Harrods found their bank accounts emptied by computer fraudsters who raked in more than £1million, a court heard yesterday.

Victims thought they were downloading application packs posted by the prestigious west London store on Gumtree.

Instead they were infecting their computers with a bug programmed by a so-called IT whizzkid on behalf of Nigerian conmen, the Old Bailey heard.

Jobseekers who found their computers hacked had their bank accounts ransacked and lost up to £4,700 each.

The alleged fraudsters were only caught when Harrods’ security boss was alerted to the fake ads and he investigated.

Those who responded were sent emails purporting to come from the recruitment agency Blue Arrow and with supposed application packs to download and fill in.

But would-be applicants instead downloaded software allegedly written by 27-year-old Tyrone Ellis. It would sit on their computers and steal their log-in details.

The gang was said to have hired ‘mules’ to go to banks and withdraw money from hacked accounts or used the stolen details for online shopping sprees.

The scam was uncovered by Harrods security director Gregory Faulkener, who called in US phishing experts. He warned off the gang but 415 more ads were posted.

Computer graduate Ellis, four Nigerians in their 20s and one of their mothers, all from south London, deny conspiracy to defraud and the case continues.

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