A man has been jailed after conning a number of pensioners in St Albans and Radlett out of around £50,000.
Between February and April 2018, Makis Koros contacted his victims, who were all over the age of 90, claiming to be a female bank official.
They were then duped into handing over their bank cards, personal information and PIN numbers before being issued with bogus replacement cards.
This information was used by Koros to withdraw cash, purchase goods and make electronic bank transfers.
Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit launched an investigation and were able to identify that the offender was from north London.
Officers recovered a mobile phone which had been used to contact the victims, along with a 40-page document containing the victims’ details.
A quantity of cash and two further phones were also discovered, one of which had been used to contact couriers who collected bank cards from the victims.
Koros, aged 54, from Chingford, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and money laundering.
He pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, October 10 and was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment.
Confiscation proceedings are now taking place to try and recoup compensation for the victims.
Detective Constable Julian Griffiths, who led the investigation, said: “Koros is a career fraudster with in excess of 60 convictions. His despicable behaviour has left both his elderly victims and their families absolutely devastated. I hope the fact he is now behind bars comes as some small comfort to them as they try to move on from what has happened.”