Thursday 18 January 2018

False details provided in phone scam

A MARKETING student tried to scam a mobile phone from a telecommunications company by using a false name and card details to buy it.

Damilare Bakare (29) was caught after he signed for the phone when gardai set up a controlled delivery.

Judge David McHugh ordered Bakare to complete 200 hours community service in lieu of four months in prison.

The defendant, of The Old Mill, Virginia, Co Cavan, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to making gain or causing loss by deception at Unit 9, Porters Avenue in Clonsilla on February 3 last.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said an order for a Samsung mobile phone, worth €600, was placed with Hutchinson 3G Ireland but the details of the woman who placed the order did not match the payment account details.

Sgt Callaghan said a controlled delivery of the mobile phone was made, and Bakare signed for it.

The court heard Bakare has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Bakare, a father-of-three, has lived in Ireland for 15 years. Mr Fleming said Bakare co-operated fully with gardai and there were other people involved in the scam.

The court heard Bakare previously studied international marketing as well as web design.

Judge McHugh said the scam was "sophisticated" and had shown "considerable pre-mediation".

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