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Des O'Connor named as victim in credit card fraud case

The singer and entertainer Des O'Connor was named as a victim in a £170,000 credit card con relating to an assistant working for the John Lewis group. It was revealed in court that Olanrewaju Apalara had used his mobile phone to record a variety of customers typing in their security codes when acquiring goods within the store. While he was given 18 months in jail for the fraudulent activity many consumer groups believe the incentive is still there for the fraudsters compared to the money they stand to make.

While only £1000 of Des O'Connor's money was actually used by the fraudster it appears that he took full details of various cards, registered them on the Internet and acquired goods which were then delivered to a variety of family addresses. It is then believed that the vast majority of the goods which were purchased were then resold on Internet auction site eBay ensuring that Apalara was able to receive liquid assets which he was then able to spend.

While it was revealed that the total scam involved £170,000 of credit card finance it turns out that there may actually have been up to £300,000 available to Apalara if he had not been caught in the act.

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