Cyber criminals who hacked a branch of Barclays bank gave themselves up in the face of catastrophic losses on their account.
The scam was running like clockwork after initially breaking into the system and stealing £1.3million of customers money. But things started to go wrong after an unsolicited call from Barclays investment arm offering to double their money through derivatives trading.
Despite the buoyant sales patter by the end of the first week Barclays traders had lost £4m. We were then hit with £500,000 in un-authorised overdraft fees said one of the hackers. The man rang back and said we should double up as we could make a fortune betting on something called the LIBOR. It all sounded too good to be true but we were in too far to say no.
The hackers were shocked to discover that in the second week Barclays traders lost them a further £9m as someone had apparently fixed the LIBOR rate. It was just such bad luck, of course we were then charged £1.5m in overdraft charges, interest and returned direct debits. We nearly had our broadband cut-off which would have been embarrassing for an international group of computer hackers.
To add insult to injury the hacking group had their identity stolen and a further £4million was removed from their account while they were on their way to give themselves up. Lead hacker Julian Brown said ‘Our card was skimmed when we got cash for the taxi to the police station. It’s disgusting you can’t trust anyone these days.’
A Barclays spokesman said 'We offer all our customers the same terms and conditions whether they are legitimate or fraudsters. Investments can go up and down and we like to think of losses more as commission opportunities’.