Birmingham couple’s £14,824 Instagram iPhone con


A Birmingham husband and wife conned more than 50 victims into buying non-existent iPhones and watches on Instagram.

Saqib Bashir and his wife Rimla Chaudurey made almost £14,824 by setting up a string of bogus web companies between September 2013 and April 2014.

They advertised the valuables online and simply pocketed the cash from the orders they received.

But they were arrested in January last year and later charged with fraud when angry customers called in the police.

Bashir, 27, and his 24-year-old wife, from Washwood Heath, were each handed eight-month suspended jail sentences at Birmingham Crown Court.

The court was told the pair used bogus online firms called Cosmetic Bargains, Alinas Accessories, Designer Discounts, Crystal Discounts, Designer Boutique, Designer Couture, and Beauty Boutiqu3 to dupe customers.

Bashir initially denied the offence, claiming he had never heard of Cosmetic Bargains and did not use Instagram.

He also denied being linked to bank accounts or mobile phone numbers used in the con and maintained the pair were victims of identity theft.

But when detectives provided more evidence – including proof that a web page for Cosmetic Bargains was created on their home computer – they eventually admitted fraud by false representation.

Investigating officer Matt Leach, from West Midlands Economic Crime Unit, said: “They used ten different bank accounts – one of which was linked to 23 frauds – and six Instagram accounts offering items for sale.

“Customers parted with sums ranging from £52 to £1,000.

“Many of these were birthday and Christmas presents so they are responsible for creating a lot of upset and worry among the people they deceived.”

(Source – Birmingham Mail)


Couple convicted of online shopping con after police investigation

A couple from Birmingham have been convicted of fraud after conning more than 50 online shoppers out of £1,000’s by setting up bogus web companies.

Saqib Bashir and his wife Rimla Chaudurey, from William Cook Road in Washwood Heath, offered iPhones, Pandora bracelets, hair straighteners and designer watches for sale on Instagram.

The adverts persuaded 55 buyers to part with a combined total of £14,824 – but all found to their cost that the online firms existed only in the heads of the crooked couple.

None of the victims received the goods they ordered and never heard from Bashir (27) or 24-year-old Chaudurey again.

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Don’t get caught in the ‘New iPhone for £1’ con


With the release of the new Apple iPhone the Nation Trading Standards eCrime Team is warning consumers about misleading adverts and bogus offers.

The Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline has already received complaints about ‘flash sales’ of the new phone where consumers unwittingly sign up to a recurring monthly payment of £74 only to be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning very low. This is one of many ‘subscription traps’ where consumers are enticed to make a small payment to access an offer before coming trapped into making costly monthly payments which can be difficult to stop.

Be wary of these ‘offers’. See the full article here: