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Restaurants warned about new scam

03 December 2008
Restaurants warned about new scam

A restaurateur has fallen victim to what Trading Standards chiefs believe to be the first ‘scam' of its kind.

Guiseppe Gatto, who owns the La Tosca restaurant in Leicester, thought he was helping a neighbouring business when he agreed to take delivery of a parcel.

The deliverer couldn't take payment over the phone and Gatto agreed to pay 'around £65,' with B2B Mortgage re-paying him for the favour.

"An hour later," said Guiseppe "a guy came to the restaurant with an official looking envelope and said it was £95, which I paid. He gave me a printed receipt and left."

The only trouble was that the original phone call had not been from B2B Mortgage and the envelope contained nothing but Subway flyers.

B2B Mortgage owner, John Booker, said: "I feel sorry for Guiseppe. He was trying to be neighbourly."

Leicester Trading Standards said: "This is a completely new one on us, so we ask all businesses to be aware."

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By Roger Bushby

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