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Twisted perv used Moonpig cards to blackmail £80,000 out of desperate victims

A vile pervert threatened to share intimate pictures and videos of two women in a 'horrific' blackmail campaign in which he sent threatening Moonpig cards to them asking for money.

Bully Zeashan Mahmood, 30, was caged on Wednesday (August 10) after his two victims spoke against him and revealed the sick details of his crimes in court.

The court heard that Mahmood made various fake Instagram accounts to hound his victims out of cash.

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In total, the victims sent him over £80,000 in a desperate attempt to stop the images being shared reports Manchester Evening News.

After being reported to the police, he then sent a victim Moonpig cards demanding further cash, threatening to tell their families.

He even sent one an email saying "guess who is alive" and another with her intimate pictures attached to it.

One of his victims had disclosed private pictures and videos to Mahmood in 2017. In January 2018, he told her he was in financial difficulty and pressured her to send him money.

He then contacted her via Instagram under an alias and threatened her, demanding that she send him more money or he would share the private pictures and videos online.

He also made threats against her loved ones if she did not comply, so she went on to send him £20,000 in payments.

Mahmood's second victim told the court how she had disclosed to him an intimate sexual experience she had with a boyfriend previously. He went on to claim that he had a video of this incident and then demanded £7,000 from her, all the while threatening that he would send the video to her family and friends if she did not pay the fee.

In addition, Mahmood, of Foxtail Close, Clifton, demanded that the victim send intimate pictures, videos and texts of a sexual nature and that if she did not comply, he threatened to increase the fee.

The defendant told the victim that he needed money to stop the videos from being published and said the blackmail was part of his involvement in an organised crime group.

He went on to create more fake Instagram accounts, which he used to message the victim and convince her that his claim was real so that she would continue sending sexual content and money to him.

Across a three-year period, the victim sent Mahmood in excess of £66,000.

Despite the money handed over to Mahmood, he then proceeded to post the videos he'd received of the victim onto the internet, where he encouraged users to share it around.

He was jailed at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday (August 10). A judge handed him a sentence of seven years and three months.

Detective Constable Brundrett, of GMP Manchester's Criminal Investigation Department, said: "I would like to thank the victims for having the bravery to speak out about this horrific and long-term abuse.

"Over three years, Mahmood operated a web of lies and manipulated the victims to get exactly what he wanted, when he wanted.

"The severity of these offences should not be underestimated. Today's sentence is much deserved and reaffirms our commitment as police officers to put these perpetrators behind bars and prevent this awful crime from occurring."

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