After a scammer found himself locked up in prison, you won't believe how he managed to escape! He didn't use a spoon to dig his way out. This accused criminal was a lot more crafty than that.
Convicted con man Neil Moore was awaiting trial for committing over $2.5 million in fraud. It's easy to see how this crook made away with that kind of money when you learn that he literally conned his way out of prison.
After he was sent to jail, Moore got his hands on a smartphone. He used that phone to create a fake email account similar to one used by the local courts. He then emailed fake bail instructions to prison staff, who must have been thoroughly fooled by the scam as they simply let him walk free.
Of course, when U.K. court officials went to interview him about his case and discovered that he was gone, his plan had to change a little bit. He turned himself in three days after being released "on bail."
U.K. criminal court prosecutor Ian Paton said this of Moore:
A lot of criminal ingenuity harbours in the mind of Mr Moore. The case is one of extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness and creativity, all apparently the developed expertise of this defendant.
Prison guards and those involved in the criminal justice system should start watching out for scams like this. As everyday criminals learn how to exploit the digital world, I'm sure that devious crimes like this will become more and more prevalent.
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