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Card scam at restaurant

A man who allegedly copied more than 9,000 credit cards used by customers at a restaurant in the northern Athens suburb of Halandri has been arrested after making some 250,000 euros from the scam. Police said yesterday that they had taken a 30-year-old Albanian national into custody on suspicion of copying the card details and passing them on to two accomplices in Albania who used the card numbers to buy credits for mobile phones. The trio fraudulently charged 9,403 credit cards. Police said that they began receiving complaints about credit card charges last September. An investigation revealed that all the people who filed complaints had been to the same restaurant, which was not named. An undercover officer went to the restaurant and paid for a meal with a fake credit card. The following day, 6,280 euros had been charged to the card for mobile phone services. The restaurant owners said they were not aware of their employee’s illegal activity.