Scammer who targeted elderly victims jailed

File image. © Andrew Bardwell
File image. © Andrew Bardwell

A two-year four-month jail term has been imposed on a 26-year-old man who admitted being part of a ring scamming elderly victims out of their bank cards and then raiding their accounts.

Henry Edward Halliday had earlier admitted cleaning $20,000 out of the bank account of a 94-year-old woman after getting her bank card.

Halliday, also known as Henry Edward Taylor-Halliday and Samuel Edward Taylor, 26, admitted three charges of dishonestly using bank cards at an appearance in the Christchurch District Court on March 17, and he was remanded in custody for sentencing today.

Judge David Saunders jailed him and ordered that he pay reparations totalling more than $9000.

Halliday – allegedly accompanied by a co-offender – took $20,000 from the 94-year-old woman’s account in 60 transactions from January 31 to February 1, and $14,000 from another woman’s account a few days earlier.

He also admitted getting more than $2000 through eft-pos transactions and cash machine withdrawals using the bank card of an 80-year-old Christchurch woman.

He said he had obtained the bank cards from an associate.

The scam ring’s normal method is to impersonate a bank official and telephone an elderly victim to convince them their bank card is faulty. A bank “representative” is then sent to their home to pick up the so-called faulty card which is replaced with a pressie card. Their bank account is then raided using the bank card.

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