Kangs Solicitors has successfully represented a client, who was only aged fifteen when arrested, who faced allegations of conspiracy to supply articles for use in the commission of fraud and computer misuse offences.
Digital devices alleged to have been used in the running of an online fraud service had been seized.
Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors explains the steps taken on behalf of our client which resulted in this successful outcome.
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The Allegation | Kangs Computer Crimes Defence Solicitors
Our client was suspected of being involved with a number of individuals who were operating an online service that provided SMS phishing (or smishing) campaigns known in the cyber underworld as ‘SMS Bandit’.
This ‘phishing’ service involved criminals distributing fake SMS messages in high volumes to unsuspecting victims, which pretended to originate from reputable organisations such as PayPal and providers of Telecommunications Covid 19 pandemic services.
Account credentials obtained by this fraudulent activity are subsequently sold to other criminals acting across the ‘dark web’.
During the course of its investigations, The National Crime Agency (‘NCA’) executed a warrant under Section 8 of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which authorised a search of our client’s home and seizure of items such as:
- Hard drives,
- USB memory devices,
- Memory cards and other devices capable of holding data,
- Mobile communication devices and SIM cards,
- Cryptocurrency storage hardware capable of holding proceeds from criminal activity,
- Routers containing evidence of devices connected both currently and historically.
How We Assisted Our Client | Kangs Economic Crime Solicitors
In preparing our client’s response to the allegations, the team at Kangs Solicitors:
- obtained and meticulously scrutinised previous interview details,
- attended our client taking his detailed instructions upon the allegations and his involvement and upon the appropriate course to adopt to protect his position as far as possible,
- discussed the allegations with the NCA and obtained further details by way of Formal Disclosure once our client’s devices had been interrogated,
- accompanied our client when he attended further interviews.
The Successful Outcome | Kangs Cybercrime Defence Solicitors
- We impressed upon the NCA that our client had inadvertently become involved in criminality believing that he was gainfully employed by a legitimate business.
- Additionally, we were able to show that our client’s age and naivety had been taken advantage of by sophisticated criminals who were able to coerce him to continue ‘working’ for them before he was able to extract himself from their activities.
- The NCA considered all the detailed representations presented by the Team at Kangs Solicitors and input from the Youth Offending Team and confirmed that no criminal charges would be brought against our client.
- It was agreed that the matter would be dealt with by way of Community Resolution as well as a referral to the Prevent Team which focused on deterring individuals from cybercrime and directing them towards positive uses for their digital skills.
Naturally our client and his parents were absolutely delighted with the outcome achieved on his behalf.
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