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A GANG of rogue traders who conned vulnerable victims out of at least £1million has been locked up.
The fraudsters duped 140 victims into having unnecessary building work done on their homes.
In one particularly shocking case, two of the gang marched an elderly dementia sufferer to the bank to withdraw £10,000 of her life savings.
Heartless ringleader James Brown Senior and a fellow conman were also recorded by police as they celebrated the death of a bladder cancer patient, who they had ripped offf for at least £123,000.
Brown Snr and his son James Junior, 21, were jailed with accomplices William Brown, 49, convicted murderer Peter Biddle, 66, and Van Purdy, 60. Read full story an see the video

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Bereaved and sick pensioners targeted by gang

TWO men who conned bereaved and seriously ill pensioners across South Wales out of life savings amounting to nearly £70,000 have been sent to prison.
Ringleader Thomas Connors, 23, and his "right-hand man" Richard McCarthy, 21, both from St Mellons, were sentenced at Newport Crown Court to a total of more than five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud.
Ben Jones, 23, from St Mellons, and Keith Palmer, 21, of Rumney, who worked as labourers, received community orders and ASBOS.
Lee Reynolds, prosecuting, said: "They systematically and deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable people and took advantage of their frailties." The court heard that 14 pensioners had been targeted and conned out of a total of £67,000. Full story

Champagne loving crook who robbed the elderly

A FRAUDSTER nicknamed Fizzy for his love of champagne who conned £30 million from up to 400 victims was jailed for eight years at the Old Bailey.
For seven years Frank Onyeachonam, 38, ran the UK operation of a global scam which was orchestrated from his native Nigeria.
He extracted anything from £2,000 to £600,000 from the life savings of vulnerable pensioners to fund his millionaire's lifestyle by persuading them to send him money to release “winnings” from a bogus lottery.
He loved to be photographed surrounded by cash and champagne bubbly in West End nightclubs, drove Porsches and Maseratis and filled his Thames-side flat with Gucci, Armani and Louis Vuitton. Full story

This boot sale bargain must be put to bed

'Witch doctor' fleeced the old

A ‘witch doctor’ told clients she was hanging their money from a magical tree in the Amazonian rainforest when she was in fact spending it on Louis Vuitton handbags, a court heard.
Juliette D’Souza, 59, duped people including cancer sufferers out of £1m for ‘sacrifices’ to ward off evil spirits.
But the self proclaimed ‘shaman’ used the cash to rent four luxury flats at a time and blow a fortune on jewellery, antique furniture, and holidays Full story

IT is a family nightmare: an elderly parent who refuses to listen to her children's warnings that con men are robbing her blind.
Juan Hood and her 83-year-old widowed mother are estranged because foreign lottery scams have torn their family apart.
Hood said her mom would say, "Look, I've won, I've won."
She would try to tell her she hadn't won, but her mother wouldn't listen.
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Travel agent's bogus holidays

TRAVEL agent Neelam Desai has been jailed for 30 months for a series of frauds totalling more than £230,000. The 34-year-old ran a business selling discount flights and holidays from her home in Beulah Grove, Selhurst, in late 2009 and early 2010. But the deals - described as "too good to be true" - were so unrealistically cheap her business quickly fell apart. Read more...

Watch Out magazine

THE second issue of our Watch Out magazine is online now and this contains information on all types of frauds and scams as well as Neighbourhood Watch news, council news and crime news plus a spotlight on a charity or group in each issue.
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