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Inmate uses fake website to trick prison officers in releasing him

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A British inmate used a bogus website and fake identities in tricking prison officers to releasing him from prison.

Jailed for fraud worth £1,819,000, Neil Moore used a smuggled mobile phone to post a website mimicking that of the Southwark Crown Court.

He then emailed prison officers with instructions for his release, according to various reports.

Prosecutor Ian Paton says Moore, who turned himself in three days after escaping, showed extraordinary deviousness, according to the BBC.

"A lot of criminal ingenuity harbours in the mind of Mr Moore," Paton said. "The case is one of extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness and creativity, and all the developed expertise of this defendant, it appears initially".

Moore followed the social engineering/phishing playbook to the letter, using legitimate personal details (including registering the Website in the name of Detective Inspector Chris Soole) in a bid to make the scam look real legitimate.

His email, which replaced periods with hyphens, appeared to be sent from a senior court clerk containing bail instructions to prison staff.

Jail officers failed to notice the hyphens and missed a potentially scam-busting typo after Moore misspelled 'Southwark'. He was released March 10, but only noticed as missing three days when after solicitors turned up to meet him in prison.

Moore was charged with escaping lawful arrest and eight counts of fraud. He was initially arrested in 2012 after swindling large companies including Thomas Exchange Global into handing over cash as he posed as staff from Bank of America, Lloyds and Barclays.

The targets were tricked into moving cash into what Moore says were 'safe' accounts under his control. His mimicry of a female voice was so convincing police initially arrested his partner.

Source: The BBC.

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