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Alleged phishing gang given court date

Three men suspected of being part of a phishing gang which stole hundreds of thousands of pounds have been given a date to appear in crown court.Babatunde Faffare, who lived in Ireland, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

Three men suspected of being part of a phishing gang which stole hundreds of thousands of pounds have been given a date to appear in crown court.

Babatunde Faffare, who lived in Ireland, appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday. John Kareem and Vincent Alonge, who are accused of operating from London as part of the gang, appeared at the court on Thursday.

The three men, at least two of whom police believe are Nigerian, will appear at Southwark Crown Court on 5 October. Two other people, a man and a woman, have been given police bail.

The five people were arrested as part of an investigation called Operation Dynamophone carried out by the Metropolitan Police Central eCrime Unit and the Garda.

The gang are accused of stealing £358,000 by money transfer from up to 10,000 online bank accounts, and of perpetrating an estimated £3m credit fraud using 10,000 compromised credit card details.

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