Job seekers had their computers hacked and lost as much as £4,700 each

Harrods job applicants caught in £1m web scam

Job seekers who clicked on bogus online Harrods ads were conned by computer fraudsters who pocketed £1 million, a court has heard.

Hackers disguised a bug developed to steal log-in details within a fake Harrods job application form, which was posted on online classifieds site Gumtree back in August 2010, reports Metro

Applicants who downloaded the form had their computers infected, their bank accounts accessed and lost up to £4,700 each.

The software was allegedly developed by 27-year-old "IT whizzkid" Tyrone Ellis on behalf of Nigerian conmen. It was detected by Harrods security director Gregory Faulkener, who contacted US phishing scam experts. Some 415 more fake ads were apparently posted.

South London-based Ellis, plus four Nigerians and one of their mothers deny conspiracy to defraud.

The court case is currently ongoing at the Old Bailey.

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