Ten jailed for bank card scam against pensioners

From top left to right: Justin Reis, John Skelly, Iain Hall, Aaron Leacock and Tarno Reid. From bottom left to right: Sharon Cummings, Scott Hutson, Paul Bennett, Patrick Bennett and Mark Leacock. Clockwise from top left: Justin Reis, John Skelly, Iain Hall, Aaron Leacock, Tarno Reid, Mark Leacock, Patrick Bennett, Paul Bennett, Scott Hutson and Sharon Cummings

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Nine men and a woman who tricked elderly people out of thousands of pounds by posing as bank employees and couriers have been jailed.

The group obtained £125,757 and made further failed attempts to obtain £94,219, Guildford Crown Court heard.

They all admitted conspiracy to commit fraud at an earlier hearing.

Surrey Police said they received more than 100 reports of offences and attempted offences in Surrey, London, Sussex and Kent.

The gang persuaded elderly people to hand over their bank cards and Pin numbers in the offences, committed between April 2011 and February 2012.

Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz, who led the investigation, said: "These offenders prey on the elderly and vulnerable and do not care about the devastating effect their actions can have on their victims' lives.

"It's not just about the money - which in some cases amounted to the victim's life savings - but it is also the long-term effect it can have on victims' faith in humanity and ability to trust people."

SENTENCES IN DETAIL

Mark Leacock, 43, of Church Road, Crystal Palace, was jailed for four years and 10 months.

Scott Hutson, 24, of Headley Drive, New Addington, was sentenced to four years in jail.

Iain Hall, 48, of St James Road, Croydon, was jailed for four years and four months.

Paul Bennett, 44, of Ferndale Crescent, Carshalton, was sentenced to four years.

Aaron Leacock, 24, of Starling Close, Croydon, was jailed for one year and eight months.

Justin Reis, 33, of Beaver Close, Anerley, was jailed for four years and six months.

John Mark Skelly, 35, of London Road, Enfield, was sentenced to four years.

Patrick Bennett, 27, of Cinnamon Close, Croydon, was jailed for four years and eight months.

Tarno Reid, 36, of Alexandra Drive, Lambeth, was jailed for four years and four months.

Sharon Cummings, 42, of Belvedere Road, Lambeth, was sentenced to four years and two months.

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