Police uncover £3million TV fraud operation in Ilford
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
Two men arrested on suspicion of helping to run a £3million TV fraud operation based in Ilford have been released under investigation.
Police officers investigating an operation to download, encrypt and widely distribute TV content from Sky, Virgin and BT, among others, raided Ilford shop premises and two associated homes this week.
The raids were conducted in partnership with Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham Trading Standards teams and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).
Equipment with an estimated value of £100,000 used to enable the fraud – including an array of computers, servers, set-top boxes – has been seized by the councils.
Officers estimate the annual value of the fraud, where content was stolen from pay-per-view channels, is more than £3m.
You may also want to watch:
The fraudsters income is known to be £600,000 per year and a subscriber list of 3,000 people was found in the shop premises.
Councillor Bob Littlewood, cabinet member for crime, safety and community cohesion, commended the collaboration between all organisations involved in investigating the operation.
- 1 'Last of a dying breed': Ilford pub scoops readers' vote honour
- 2 Award for officers who tackled knife-wielding man at Ilford station
- 3 Coffee fanatics to open 'lively' new coffee shop in Redbridge
- 4 Best places to have a curry in Redbridge as chosen by readers
- 5 Medics treat six people after three-car crash in Ilford
- 6 Hospital's failure to identify neck injury 'contributed' to courier's death, inquest finds
- 7 Things to do: Explore east London this weekend
- 8 Bereaved dad's marathon tribute to son who died of rare brain disorder
- 9 Council seeks public input after York Road anti-social behaviour concerns
- 10 New Covid vaccine centres to open across east London
He said: “This type of fraud, on this scale has an impact upon providers of TV channels, steals their income and can lead to increased costs for legitimate subscribers.
“Our Trading Standards service will continue to take robust action against fraudsters protecting both consumers and legitimate businesses.
“Investigations are ongoing and Redbridge Trading Standards are continuing with enforcement action to bring the offenders before the courts, including the seizure of illegal assets gained from the fraud.”