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.
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.