Man creates fake email address to initiate jail release

If you’re currently in prison with your case currently on remand (under review), common sense would tell you to behave, right?


Fraudster Neil Moore decided that he’d put his fraud skills into practice by creating a fake website and email account using an illicit mobile phone to get himself released from prison.

Described as “Extraordinary inventiveness” by prosecutor Ian Paton, Moore registered a website domain with a similar name to that of the court service’s official address. He then used this domain to send an email to the prison containing instructions for his release.

Paton said: “A lot of criminal ingenuity harbours in the mind of Mr Moore. The case is one of extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness and creativity, all apparently the developed expertise of this defendant”.

Moore handed himself in after his scheme was uncovered when solicitors turned up to the prison to interview him.

Importance of checking emails

Although it’s highly unlikely that the above will happen to you, the methods Moore used are essentially identical to those used in phishing scams.. In fact, statistics in our phishing infographic show that it’s highly likely that you regularly receive phishing emails.

You can view the infographic by clicking the image below.