I was a teenage ‘money mule’

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April 26 2018

Have you ever held £2,000 at once in your hand?” that was the line used to tempt Holly into becoming a money mule.

At the age of 17 and still at school, Holly (not her real name) was approached on Instagram, then Snapchat, by a person who promised to pay her a decent sum, if she let him use her bank account to move money.

Even though she knew this was suspicious, Holly eventually handed over her bank card to a young man who was essentially a stranger.

“He was convincing me. He showed me other people that he’s worked with about how much money they got and he just kept on pestering me for my card and I just eventually gave in,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme.