Next Fraudster Jailed

13 July 2015, 19:16 | Updated: 13 July 2015, 19:21

A man from east London has been jailed for ordering more than £35,000 of clothes and jewellery from Next online using other customers' accounts.

Wayne Eifert at Next in Dartford, collecting shopping he had ordered using other customers' accounts

Wayne Eifert, 39, of Rye Mansions, Napa Close, E20 has been sentenced to 12 months.

He used 19 of the 70 accounts he hijacked to order the goods, which he collected from numerous branches of the company across London between August 2013 and November 2014.

Some of the other accounts were used to order goods but Next, being suspicious of the activity, cancelled the orders.

Next’s investigation team alerted the police and detectives from the Met’s cyber crime and fraud team, FALCON, began an investigation.

They searched through hours of CCTV footage, in which Eifert was seen collecting his haul from the stores.

On 5 November they arrested him at his home address after he returned from a trip to the Ilford branch where he collected £600-worth of childrenswear and trainers.

At his house, detectives recovered around 50 Next products including men and women's clothing, handbags, homeware and bedware. They also seized a laptop which contained evidence of the orders having been made.

Eifert pleaded guilty to fraud and possession of articles for use in fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 1 June 2015.

Investigating officer, DC Ian Moody, of FALCON, said: “This case is an example of how FALCON is working with businesses to catch cyber fraudsters.

“Next identified that suspicious orders were being made via their website and alerted us. They assisted us with our investigation and, as a result, we arrested Eifert who, I believe, would have continued defrauding the company for as long as he could.”