‘Phone scam six’ charged: Londoners to appear in court for targeting four counties including Herts

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Multiple north Londoners have been charged with fraud in connection with phone scams that targeted Herts and three other counties.

Officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk – supported by the Met Police – took part in the operation to snare the six men.

They were arrested last Wednesday and charged on Friday after warrants were carried out by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

The six are:

- Ibrahem Charary, 18, of Stanhope Street, Euston.

- Gael Masidi, 19, of Royal College Street, Camden.

- Marlon Thompson, 18, of Margery Street, Islington.

- Abdullah Hajji, 19, of Flaxmen Terrace, Camden.

- Langangi Amani, 19, of Lloyd Baker Street, Kings Cross.

- Rakeem Worthingon, 18, of Islington.

Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence, who led last Wednesday’s operation, said: “Our robust approach to those suspected of being involved in phone scams will continue.

“But I would like to remind the public that, whilst arrests are continuing to be made, people need to be aware that phone scams are still operating across the region.

“If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101.

“Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.

“Please also remember that your bank and the police would:

- NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone.

- NEVER ask you to withdraw money and send it to them.

- NEVER ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property.”

ERSOU was established in 2010 to deliver an increased response to tackling the threat of organised crime across the six police forces in the Eastern Region of the United Kingdom and to provide specialist covert policing capability to law enforcement.

The unit is made up of resources from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, to identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups impacting on the Eastern Region.

The unit creates additional specialist capability across the region through effective partnership and collaboration to make the region a place hostile to organised crime.