Gang ‘Conned Pensioners out of Half a Million Pounds to Fund Islamic State’

Alix Culbertson, Express, May 7, 2015

The five men–three of them students in London–are accused of being part of a British-based gang who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people by posing as police officers to get hold of their life savings.

The victims included a 73-year-old woman whose accounts were drained of £130,000.

Edward Aydin, prosecuting, said the gang are alleged to have fleeced around £400,000 from their victims and that the cash was then sent abroad to fund Islamic terrorists.

The five men appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today after six men and a woman were rounded up by counter-terrorism police during a series of raids yesterday across London and the South East on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Westminster University student Makhzumi Abukar, 23, Southbank University engineering student Sakaria Aden, 21, London Metropolitan University student Mohamed Dahir, 22, Yasser Abukar, 23, all from North London and Ibrahim Anderson, 38, from Luton appeared in court this afternoon.

Mr Aydin said: “Terrorism overall takes a new form in 2015, it’s not on the battlefield.

“This fraud, this financing terrorism, is on an industrial scale.

“It is sophisticated, it is a criminal network.

“This is a threat to the national security of this country.

“These people before you, they are the bank of terror. They are not small fry, they are deadly and dangerous.”

The group allegedly used ‘vishing’–short for ‘voice phishing’–to trick their victims into handing over their life savings as they posed as police officers and told them they had been the victims of fraud.

Once their victims were on the phone they would appear to hang up, but would use a device to keep the line open while the victim redialled 999 which would reconnect them to a another gang member pretending to be a police officer, it is claimed.

The victims would then hand over their personal details and the money would be transferred into the gang’s accounts or the victim was persuaded to withdraw and hand over cash to a courier who would take it to “a police station as evidence”.

Police documents revealed the victims were from Cornwall, Bedfordshire and one couple from Canterbury were aged 94 and 96.

Mr Aydin said: “We say these funds are then used to help those UK nominally to travel to Syria and Iraq fight for the Islamic State . . . These funds are used to buy weapons and bullets.”

The men appeared in the dock dressed in sweatshirts and jogging bottoms. All are charged with conspiring to defraud persons between February 15, 2014 and May 6 this year.

The five were remanded in custody to appear again at the Old Bailey on May 21.

A further alleged co-conspirator, Mohammed Sharif Abokar, 27, from Islington, north London, appeared before Dunstable Magistrates Court today.

An unnamed 32-year-old woman, also arrested on Wednesday, was later bailed on suspicion of money laundering.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “Hi. I’m from ISIS… err… The Government, and I’m here to take your money… err… I mean, help.”

  • TheCogitator

    I’m not excusing these moslem thugs, but anyone foolish enough to fall for that fraud deserves to lose their money.

    • It’s just a fact of life and the way of all flesh; the elderly fall for scams.

      • TheCogitator

        That’s an old scam that has been around for a long time.

    • George Moriarty

      The victims were old, they used to live in an England that was still white and in an England here you could still trust each other, including the man from the government as well as the police.

      • TheCogitator

        Believe what you wish. I’m sticking to what I have said. I don’t think anyone anywhere really trusts the police. I old, and I sure as hell do not trust them. A little thought and a person would understand that they do not have to get money from a person to solve a crime.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Suspicion of fraud charges? Why not terrorism charges?

  • Eagle1212

    A good way to join a group who is threatening to import their sickening crimes here to America and the limp wristed scumbag in charge here praising them, the parents of these kids should win Parent of the Year awards.

  • John Smith

    Muzzies are already stealing white British taxpayer money, so what’s the big deal now?

  • Canadian Friend

    This is another example of how they are enriching our culture…and more evidence that diversity is our greatest strength…………

  • KenelmDigby

    And the ‘great British public’ rejected UKIP in Thursday’s election, their *only* hope of turning around the joys and benefits of ‘enrichment’.

  • KenelmDigby

    The main problem with White people in general is that most of them have absolutely no understanding whatsoever of just how low-down, cunning, evil, duplicitous, corrupt, shameless and dishonest most members of the dusky races of mankind are.
    Although I’ve been writing here for year after year, and dearly wish to see non White immigration to the west halted and reversed – a wish I know in my bones I will never see, but I will continue to rant to anyone who listens – I am not, in fact, motivated by any notions of ‘White supremacy’ or ‘racial superiority’. All I am ranting about and want is for Whites, whom in general I believe to be as naive and trusting as sheep, to be protected from some father evil and nasty black and brown races out there.
    In my last testament to the World I will always but always blame White politicians for this unfolding sacrifice.

    • SFLBIB

      “The main problem with White people in general is that most of them have
      absolutely no understanding whatsoever of just how low-down, cunning,
      evil, duplicitous, corrupt,…”

      I noticed on my overseas tour in the service that in some countries you have to be all those things and more just to survive. I would wager that most Americans look at the rest of the world as just an extension of the U.S. and the only difference is they speak a different language.

    • Rustler

      If you don’t belive we can win, stop posting on nationalist sites.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Burqa Hood.

  • SFLBIB

    You would trash diversity?

    The Ultimate Politically Correct Comment of the Century applies:

    “Losing our program of diversity would be an even greater tragedy than what took place [at Ft. Hood].” – Paul Stockton, øbama’s(PBUH) Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Defense.

    Just replace Ft. Hood with London.

  • SFLBIB

    I’m from CA and my wife is from the mid- West. I have to remind her constantly that she’s not in Kansas any more and not to trust people so much.

    • Tim

      If a guy walked up to my girl under a streetlight and demanded a cigarette, she ask him to hold her purse while she looked for one…

      • SFLBIB

        I take it she thinks where she lives is like Kansas.

  • Most disheartening that Labour won the Rotherham constituency on Thursday with the same percentage that they did in their byelection two years ago.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    If you can’t trust Londoners, who can you trust?

  • Tim

    I read of a disturbing new trend. The number one group conning the elderly out of their savings is now the elderly!! Those who didn`t save for retirement are using peer group familiarity and trust to fleece those who were more prudent in their earlier years…