To Worcestershire, this autumnal Monday morning, where a nasty piece of work named Hashim Ali has been locked up after fronting a chip and pin scam while dressed as a BT engineer.

Ali fronted a three-strong gang that first called their mostly elderly victims to tell them their phones would need to be switched from analogue to digital lines.

According to Worcester News, Ali then turned up with a portable bank card reader to take 'payment' for the non-existent service. Once the homeowner had entered their details, it was off to the cashpoint, or Amazon for a spot of good old CNP fraud.

The defence made out that Ali, who pleaded guilty to 32 counts of burglary and fraud, came from a decent family but had fallen in with the wrong crowd, 'yer honour. Either way, he will be spending the next three years, less time spent in custody, in a young offenders' institution.

Police said the very fact a BT engineer had turned up at someone's house was a bit of a tip-off (satire).

This was first published in September 2011

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