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May 18, 2015

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The Prisoner Who Emailed Himself Free

On March 9, 2015, Neil Moore was in Wandsworth Prison, a maximum security prison in England, awaiting trial. He was charged with orchestrating a series of bank heists, with his modus operandi centering on fraud. He’d pretend to be a bank official and, via a bit of social engineering, convince (real) staffers at other financial institutions to wire him some cash. Using four different aliases — some male, some female — Moore ended up unlawfully acquiring £1,819,000 (about $2.65 million) in total, in eight such heists.

On March 10, 2015, Neil Moore was released from prison. An official from Southwalk Crown Court emailed Wandsworth to inform them that Moore had been granted bail.

On March 13, 2015, attorneys (solicitors) went to Moore’s cell to interview him regarding his pending case. He, of course, wasn’t there. But he should have been. No one at Southwark Crown Court had authorized his release.

If you’ve noticed what appears to be a typo there, congratulations — you caught something that the officials at Wandsworth did not. The email came from Southwalk — pay attention to the second to last letter — and not Southwark, as is the court’s actual name, per the BBC. Further, as NBC News notes, the sender’s email domain was @hmcts-gsi-gov.org.uk; the true email address of the Royal Court’s staff is @hmcts.gsi.gov.uk. The email was Moore’s latest act of fraud.

Posted by joke du jour at May 18, 2015 07:02 PM

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