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Restaurants get whiff of cigar scam

01 January 2000 by
Restaurants get whiff of cigar scam

Signs are emerging that UK restaurant owners have been targeted by people selling fake Havana cigars, following a recent warning about the scam.

Several restaurateurs have reported being offered Havana cigars outside the usual distribution channels, after a warning was issued by importer Hunter and Frankau.

"We have passed on the details to Customs and Excise," said a spokesman for the company, which claims more and more fake cigars are reaching the UK from Cuba.

The counterfeits are often difficult to detect until smoked.

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