A FRAUDSTER in possession of 39 fake bank cards has been jailed after being caught by British Transport Police (BTP) at an underground station.
Vasile Pit, 26, of Greenford Road, Greenford was sentenced to 18 months after pleading guilty to possessing an article for use in fraud at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday last week (15).
The court heard how two plain clothes BTP officers saw Pit talking to a man who handed over a large amount of cash at Oxford Circus tube station at around 12.30pm on May 30.
The officers then followed Pit to Piccadilly Circus where he was stopped and found with the fake bank cards.
Detective Constable Jon Butterwick, of the Organised and Financial Crime Unit, said: “The magnetic strip on the fake cards had been re-encoded with compromised bank account details from around the world, including accounts in the Middle East, South America and the UK.
“Around £950 was stolen from the accounts, but thanks to the quick actions of the patrolling officers at Oxford Circus the fraudulent cards were seized.
“Pit’s prison sentence shows just how seriously card fraud is treated by BTP and the courts.”
DC Butterwick added: “A few simple precautions can help protect you from this type of crime. Remember to check cash and ticket machines for anything unusual, always shield your PIN with your other hand when typing and don’t use an ATM when people are loitering.”