A fraudster from Honor Oak has been jailed after using other people's bank cards to buy himself mobile phones and other high value items.

Reuben Thomas, 29, of Grierson Road, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, October 19, where he admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and possession of articles with intent to commit fraud. He was jailed for two years and six months.

The court heard how Thomas had bought high value items and had them delivered to addresses not linked to him.

He is said to have then driven to the addresses and got young women to collect the packages, claiming they had been misdelivered.

On September 19, Reuben was caught red-handed when he targeted an address in Snodland and was arrested.

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The arresting officers searched his car, a black Mercedes, and seized around £4,000 in cash, mobile phones, high value items and in excess of 250 sim cards. They also found hundreds of bankcards in a variety of names.

Detective Sergeant Marc Cananur of the Volume Fraud Team said: "Unfortunately scams like this are common however in this instance Thomas fell foul of a vigilant individual who quickly realised something was wrong and contacted us.

"If a high value item turns up at your property, such as a mobile phone that you have not ordered, do not give it to anyone who turns up at your home unannounced. Instead take in the item, keep it safe and contact the company that the item has been sent from. Do not use any number given to you by a courier to do this. You should also contact your bank as your personal details may have been compromised and report the incident to Action Fraud."