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Restaurant staff con customers for cars

PUBLISHED: 23:03 26 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

INDIAN restaurant workers used customers' credit card details to buy thousands of pounds worth of cars.

Three men took the numbers from credit cards used to pay for Indian meals at the Sona Bengal Restaurant, in Leiston, and other Indian restaurants and then ordered four Ford Escorts on the account.

INDIAN restaurant workers used customers' credit card details to buy thousands of pounds worth of cars.

Three men took the numbers from credit cards used to pay for Indian meals at the Sona Bengal Restaurant, in Leiston, and other Indian restaurants and then ordered four Ford Escorts on the account.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how a total of £25,000 was spent on the compromised credit cards.

The cars were then sold on to make a cash profit.

John Grose of Ipswich, Dagenham Motors and a private car seller who advertised in a newspaper all unwittingly delivered cars to High Street, in Leiston.

On July 28 last year Mr Spinks a salesman from John Grose was telephoned and told an Abu Ahmed wished to buy a Ford Escort for £7,800. The car was paid for by credit cards details being given over the phone.

The owner of the card had last used the credit card just a day before in a Tandoori Restaurant.

The car was delivered to two men in Leiston who were later picked out in an identification parade. They said Mr Ahmed was away on business but they were authorised to accept the car.

The two men Abdul Bazid, 26, of Leiston, and Mozmul Islam, 23, of London, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Shosiqul Islam also known at Abu Ahmed 20, of Reading in the theft of cars.

Shosiqul Islam gave officers a false name, therefore perverting the course of justice.

Mozmul Islam forged an insurance cover note for a vehicle and a tax disc. A police spokesman said after the court hearing that Bazid and Mozmul Islam were still running the Leiston Restaurant but had renamed it the Spice of India.

Shosiqul Islam pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal cars, perverting the course of justice and forgery. He was jailed for nine months.

Bazid admitted aiding and abetting and was sentenced to 150 hours community service.

Islam admitted forgery and was sentenced to 120 hours community service.

In the wake of the case Suffolk Police urged people to be aware of measures they can take to protect themselves against credit card fraud.

Around 82 per cent of adults in the UK own at least one debit or credit card and officers said there are a number of things you can do to prevent becoming a victim of card crime.

If you are using plastic to pay for goods or services, such as in a restaurant, try to keep an eye on your card at all times.

When using the card, ask for and destroy any carbon paper from the transactions, but be sure to regain your own copy and check it against your statement.

Carry out statement checks regularly and if you have any reason to suspect you may have been a victim contact police and the card issuer immediately.


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