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Six arrested and charged with alleged Devon telephone scam

By HEPaulGreaves  |  Posted: November 23, 2016

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Exeter Magistrates Court

SIX people have been charged in connection with an alleged phone scam targeting victims across Devon and Cornwall.

It follows a police investigation code named Operation Fardel.

Fraudsters are believed to have targeted victims across the South West, including Torbay and South Devon.

The alleged fraudsters will appear in court in December.

It is understood the charges relate to alleged 'vishing' activities. Vishing is an attempt to scam people by persuading them to surrender bank details over the phone.

The following have all been charged with conspiracy to money launder, and all are due to appear at Exeter Magistrates Court on the December 20:

Mr Pritesh Patel, aged 35 of Upper Beeding, Sussex
Mr Hemen Mehta, aged 33 of Ealing Road, Wembley, London
Ms Kinjal Barot, aged 26 of Ealing Road, Wembley, London
Mr Vishalkumar Patel, aged 26 of Pinner Road, Harrow, London
Mr Yunus Desai, aged 58 of Victoria Street, Chorley, Lancashire
Mr Mohammed Hussain, aged 22 of Landseer Avenue, Manor Park, London

As part of a separate fraud investigation, Rochelle Paisley, aged 24 of Beeches Road, West Bromwich has been charged with money laundering. She has already appeared before the Magistrate and is now due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on the 19th of December.

Five others remain on bail until the end of January 2017 in relation to this investigation.

For more information on the types of fraud, how to spot the signs and the do's and don'ts, please head to the Action Fraud website.

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