Eight men have been jailed after they pretended to be police officers to trick elderly people out of thousands of pounds.
They stole £242,000 from 25 victims across the country, including eight people who lived in Lincolnshire.
The men called vulnerable elderly people pretending to be police officers and claiming that their bank accounts had been compromised.
They convinced the victims to move funds to a ‘safe account’, which really belonged to one of the offenders.
In some cases, they convinced victims to take cash out of their bank account and hand it to a courier - who was also part of the conspiracy.
Jemima Cholmondeley-Smith, Financial Investigator at Lincolnshire Police, said: “The offenders were all part of an organised crime group based primarily in London."
"By pretending to be police officers the offenders caused victims to understandably be cautious and distrusting of anyone contacting them claiming to be from law enforcement."
The investigation was a conducted jointly by Lincolnshire Police and West Yorkshire Regional Organised Crime Unit.
The men were sentenced on Tuesday (September 4) at Leeds Crown Court.
His Honour Judge Rodney Jameson said of the offenders: "Your aim was to target the elderly and the vulnerable. You have not just stolen their money but their self-respect and independence."
- Mohammed Hadi, 34, of Uamvar Street, London was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and acquiring criminal property. He was sentenced to eight years
- Mohammed Naahe, 50, of Jodrell Road, London admitted conspiracy to defraud, acquiring criminal property, entering into a money laundering arrangement and possession of an article to be used in fraud. He was sentenced to seven years, two months
- Shahidur Ali, 24, of Byng Street, London pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to six and a half years
- Mahbub Aziz, 24 of Walden Street, London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years
- Shah Abdal, 46, of White Horse Road, London, was found guilty of acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years
- Mohammed Haque, 43, of an address off Longlands Road in Sidcup, was found guilty of acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to two years, three months
- Mohammed Noor, 23, of Crowndale Road, London, admitted conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to 21 months
- Syed Ahmed, 35, of Oban Street, Tower Hamlets, admitted acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to nine months
- Ismail Hoque, 21, of Osbourne Street, Oldham, admitted acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months, with 16 hours unpaid community work.