A ‘bold’ fraudster tricked Hackney hotel staff
10:53 am December 16, 2021
11:48 am January 13, 2022
A ‘daring’ fraudster has tricked hotel staff in Hackney into handing over £80,000 worth of property belonging to guests.
Anisha Anwar, 35, of Harrow Road in Leytonstone, called the hotel several times on October 8 claiming to be one of the guests.
She claimed she was going through a family crisis and had to leave urgently.
According to Scotland Yard, she was so persuasive that staff agreed to pack their guests’ belongings, including some luxury branded items.
Anwar then arranged for an authorized mini-taxi to take him and the bags to the Maryland station, where his associate was waiting.
When the guests returned to their rooms, they reported the theft the next morning.
Detectives were able to follow the taxi’s movements and identified the driver, who told them where he dropped Anwar off, and gave a description of a man waiting for him.
They sifted through phone records to find the mobile number that had been used to make the calls, and using advanced forensic methods, officers linked the phone to Anwar – who was apparently a known fraudster.
She was arrested and charged on November 11, but her accomplice is still at large.
Anwar pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation yesterday – December 15 – at Wood Green Crown Court, and will be sentenced on January 13, 2022.
Detective Sergeant Ian Cleghorn, of the Central East Borough Command Unit, said: ‘Anisha Anwar has a history of fraud, and this latest offense was truly audacious.
“She managed to trick staff into handing them property – estimated at over £80,000 – which did not belong to her.
“However, her inflated confidence proved to be her downfall, as the mobile phone she used to commit her crime was found where she lived.”
He continued: “I would like to commend the work of my team throughout this investigation.
“The efforts to trace the cabin and track the mobile show that we will use all methods and technologies available to us.”