Mastermind behind online fraud shop iSpoof which was brought down in UK’s biggest fraud sting is jailed for 13 years
- Tejay Fletcher, 35, jailed for 13 years and four months at Southwark Crown Court
- Victims of his products were defrauded of at least £43 million in the UK alone
The mastermind behind an online fraud shop used to con victims out of more than £100 million has been jailed for more than 13 years.
Tejay Fletcher, 35, bought a £230,000 Lamborghini, two Range Rovers worth £110,000 and an £11,000 Rolex after making around £2 million from the iSpoof.cc website.
He was the founder and leading administrator of the site, which was brought down last year in the UK’s biggest fraud sting.
Southwark Crown Court heard that victims across the world were defrauded of at least £100 million, including a minimum of £43 million from people in the UK.
The site offered scammers the tools to disguise phone calls to appear to be from a trusted organisation such as a bank, so they could empty their targets’ accounts.
The website earned around £3.2 million in cryptocurrency Bitcoin, with the ‘lion’s share’ of around £2 million ending up with Fletcher, said prosecutor John Ojakovoh.
Users of the website paid hundreds of thousands of pounds a month for its features, which were marketed on a channel on the encrypted messaging app Telegram called ‘iSpoof club’.
Fletcher last month pleaded guilty to four charges, including making or supplying an article for use in fraud, encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, possession of criminal property and transferring criminal property, between November 30 2020 and November 8 2022.
Judge Sally Cahill KC jailed him for a total of 13 years and four months on Friday, telling Fletcher: ‘For all the victims it was a harrowing experience.’
Fletcher heard he rented an east London apartment, which boasts views of the Royal Victoria Dock and the City skyline, and owned a £230,000 Lamborghini.
Fletcher also spent £120,000 on two Range Rovers for him and his girlfriend, while police found a money counter, jewellery and an £11,000 Rolex in his home.
According to the Met Police, iSpoof was launched in December 2020 and had 59,000 active users at its peak.
One of the site’s most purchased bits of technology allowed fraudsters to make phone posing as fraud department employees to lower the guard of unsuspecting recipients.
The spoof calls, along with other features offered through the site to obtain passwords and PIN codes, were all used to empty the victims’ bank accounts.
Mr Ojakovoh said a ‘particularly dastardly exploitation of people’s busy lives’ was a tool allowing users to trick victims into entering new card details by claiming the information held by a trusted organisation was out of date.
One of the platform’s victims lost £3 million, while the 4,785 people who reported being targeted to Action Fraud lost an average of £10,000, police said.