Voda and Orange deny fraud case link


Vodafone and Orange deny involvement in international premium rate phone line scam as six charged after 11 arrests

Operators Vodafone and Orange said they are not involved in the ongoing fraud investigation involving rival O2’s contract SIM cards.

Last Wednesday 11 people were arrested in police raids around the UK after an international premium rate phone line scam using O2 contract SIMs was uncovered.

City of London Police said six of the 11 have now been charged with defrauding O2 and other UK mobile phone network providers out of more than £4.5 million.

Vodafone and Orange denied they are involved in the investigation.

A Vodafone spokesperson said: “Regarding the phone raid, we have a close relationship between network security departments and know that O2 will contact us if they need assistance or if this has any impact on Vodafone.”

An Orange spokesperson said: “We regularly monitor for this type of fraudulent activity but have not been involved in this police investigation.”

A spokesperson for Three was unavailable for comment.

Of the six now charged, Mohammed Arjad Butt, Abrar Arshad, Loretta Charlton, Niklil Jamsandekar and Abioloa Salami have been formally charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to remove criminal property worth £4.5million.

Ade Deji James has been charged with money laundering and possession of articles for use in fraud.

Three other men remain on bail and a further two have been arrested.