Posing as grandmother, a woman goes on a luxury shopping spree across London after hacking in a savings account
A woman posing as a Croydon grandmother went on a £120,000 shopping spree across London after she hacked into a savings account.
The woman and her aide, spent the money stolen on luxury watches worth £85,000 as well as other goods on their visit to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush and other shops across the capital. Both of them are still at large.
According to the Police, the fraudster on June 3 visited a Santander branch in North End Road and made use of fake ID documents to obtain entry to another customer’s cash. Then, she made changes to the details on the account to add a boy, posing as her grandson, as a second signatory.
Pictures of the “expensive and distinctive” watches have been released by the Detectives from City of London Police’s Card Crime Squad along with the CCTV footage that shows two people who may have details regarding the steal.
Det Const Damian Ward said: “These two women walked into a Croydon bank and apparently changed a customer’s account details so they could remove tens of thousands of pounds.”
“We now need the public’s help to identify and then track down the pair of them so they can be brought in for questioning.”
A total of £120,940 ($188956) has been stolen from the savings account.
Initially, officers had doubted and arrested a 17-year-old boy for fraud-related offenses. However, he was released later without any charge.
The London Police have asked assistance from citizens in nabbing this ‘grandmother.’