A conman pretending to be an agent for Chelsea player Didier Drogba tricked a two Michelin-starred restaurant out of £28,000 of wine.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Daniel Clifford’s Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge were victims to a man who claimed to be the Chelsea striker’s agent and booked a table for six with pre-ordered wines.
The fake agent made various calls to Midsummer House, the first ordering £10,000 of wine for lunch the next day, then a second order worth £18,000 for a party that evening.
The restaurant dispatched both orders to the address the card matched to and the conman hired a taxi to pick up the wine, but the scandal didn’t end there.
Just an hour later, a third call from the conman attempting to order £12,000 in two separate transactions. This time one of the payments were cancelled by the card company and the restaurant cancelled the entire order.
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The restaurant owner Mr Clifford grew suspicious after reading about a similar incident to a top restaurant in the Fitzrovia part of London. In this case, a man pretending to work for wealthy Arab clients scammed £12,000 of champagne and wine from the Pied A Terre restaurant.
Concerned by this story, Clifford rang the taxi firm his conman had used to find out the cab’s destination had been diverted to a McDonald’s branch.
After the second order Clifford said: ”We thought it was a bit unusual but we thought that perhaps the footballer had more money than sense.”
A spokesperson for Drogba denied any knowledge of the incident.