Lancashire bakery falls victim to ticket scam

05 September, 2008
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A bakery in Merseyside has become a victim of identity theft. A fraudster, claiming to be connected with Liverpool's artisan bakery and patisserie Satterthwaites, misled hundreds of people into sending money by electronic transfer for concert and festival tickets, which never materialised.
Music fans looking for tickets on web forums were contacted by someone claiming they had tickets to sell and giving the bakery's contact details as their own, while asking for the money to be forwarded by electronic transfer.Roger Wilson, owner of the Crosby-based business, said the bakery first started receiving calls from disgruntled music fans back in June. "It has been irritating to have to take these calls," he said. "The first person who rang just wanted to check she hadn't missed out on a chance to get tickets."She had looked up the bakery on the web and was suspicious it was a scam, so phoned to check. Wilson said they haven't kept track of the number of calls, but there have been "enough for them to be a nuisance". He also said some people have been quite aggressive at the shock of finding they've been scammed.Wilson emailed his local paper to try and publicise what was happening. He later had a visit from the local police after a victim of the scam in Essex had reported it. "They are just as much a victim as we are," said Wilson.The bakery's website now hosts a warning and police are investigating.----=== In Short ===== London firm looks for top safety score ==The London Bread & Cake Company has received a positive audit for the Version 5 British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety, and expects to achieve an 'A' grade. Managing director David Hall said this would reassure customers that it is achieving the highest technical standards in quality, HACCP and pest control.Speedibake's fleet Food firm Speedibake, part of Allied Bakeries, has taken delivery of a new fleet of Hyster warehouse and counterbalance lift trucks from Barloworld Handling. Speedibake produces garlic bread, plain baguettes, muffins, pies and tarts at its Bradford site. The trucks will be used throughout the production process, from delivery of ingredients through to dispatch.Dawn backs coffeeDawn Foods will be sole sponsor of the bakery sector at the European Coffee Symposium, on 17 October at The Park Lane Hotel, London. Dawn Foods will provide some of its latest sweet bakery products, specifically developed for the café market, to delegates throughout the day, including its Breakfast Muffin and Muesli Cookie. For details see [http://www.allegrastrategies.com].== Costa aims for boards ==A Costa Coffee outlet in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, has added a boardroom to its premises. The new facility is designed to be used by local businesses and other groups.== Fruit Shoot's high ==Robinson's Fruit Shoot has broken through the £100m sales barrier. The Fruit Shoot brand, which includes Fruit Shoot, Fruit Shoot 100% and Fruit Shoot H2O, has increased in value from £73m in 2006 to £101.4m in June this year.



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