Jailed for his part in fraud

A Motherwell man, who was part of gang that defrauded people out of thousands of pounds, has been jailed.

Arif Sattar (32) was part of a group who posed as a police officer and as bank staff to persuade victims to hand over their money

The group contacted ten victims, including two 93-year-olds, in March 2017 and told them their bank accounts had been targeted and immediate action was needed to protect their money.

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In some cases men, including Sattar, met the victims while one of them posed as a police officer, to encourage the handover of thousands of pounds. The men showed a Police Scotland logo on a phone as identification.

Most of the intended victims identified the suspicious behaviour and refused to hand over their money, but Sattar and the group defrauded three victims of a total of £16,780.

The police were called when one of the victims became suspicious. The car the gang had been using was traced to a Motherwell property where Sattar was staying. Officers found 12 mobile phones in Sattar’s bedroom.

Sattar admitted the fraudulent scheme and was jailed for three years at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

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Procurator Fiscal for Glasgow and Strathkelvin, Moira Orr, said: “This was a callous fraud by a group of men who took advantage of people’s trust to obtain their money.

“It is a clear example of the need to be vigilant and never provide personal details over the phone unless you initiated the call.”