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Teenagers charged over Birmingham phone bank card scam

Two teenagers have been charged over their suspected involvement in a phone bank card scam in Birmingham.

Student Zain Hussain, 18, from Woodall Road in Aston and Mohammed Hussain, 19, from Holte Road in Aston, are accused of fraud and handling stolen goods.

The scam involves people giving their Pin details to criminals posing as police officers.

The pair are due to appear before magistrates in Birmingham later, police said.

The teenagers were arrested on Tuesday and on Wednesday nine properties were raided in Birmingham, Wednesbury and London.

West Midlands Police said their action follows more than 100 reported cases of so-called courier fraud in the West Midlands this year.

Once the victim has been wrongly informed their card has been fraudulently used, they are tricked into giving out their Pin.

A "courier" is then despatched to collect their bank card saying it is needed as evidence.

A 20-year-old man arrested in London is still being questioned in the West Midlands and a 58-year-old man arrested in Wednesbury has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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