A CYBER-security student has been jailed for five months for his role in scamming a pensioner out of almost £40,000.

Ramesh Karuturi allowed the fraudsters to put £19,800 through his bank account for a 15 percent cut of the cash – worth up to £3,000.

The 24-year-old Teesside University student withdrew the money almost as soon as it had landed his account in January last year.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the victim was scammed by someone claiming to work for Amazon and telling her that her account had been compromised and he needed control of her computer to prevent a cyber-attack.

Jon Harley, prosecuting, said an unknown caller claiming to be from Amazon’s Technical Support team persuaded the woman to leave her computer unattended for several hours before she became suspicious about events and contacted the fraud department of her bank.

Mark Styles, in mitigation, said Karuturi didn’t make any money from the scam as he…

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