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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