Man wanted over '£60m banking scam' arrested in France


A man wanted over an alleged £60 million fraud racket which targeted business banking customers has been arrested in France as he tried to fly to Pakistan.

Feezan Hameed Choudhary, 24, was detained by French police last Friday at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as he tried to leave the country on a fraudulent passport, Scotland Yard said.

He was subsequently arrested yesterday under a European arrest warrant yesterday issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Choudhary, from the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, was wanted by the Metropolitan Police's cyber crime and fraud team over an alleged scam which targeted people by using technology to make the phone number they were calling from seem like a legitimate bank, duping customers into revealing account information.

He was snared as a result of the Met's largest ever covert proactive operation against cyber-enabled crime.

An extradition hearing will take place in Paris to return him to the UK.