January 19th, 2012

Yaya Touré: Conned Out Of Three Cases Of Wine

As 50 Cent once said, “get rich or die trying”.

Get rich (and drunk) is exactly what one man did after he successfully posed as Yaya Touré’s football agent.

Last November, an unidentified man described as “hip” and having “a number of footballer friends” approached a fine wine shop in Luxembourg on behalf of his Manchester City star client. The story he told was a good one – he was in charge of organising a “players’ party” for two famous footballers in London. With minimal coaxing and a Barclays bank account to cover the cost of 30 vintage bottles of wine (retail value: £22,000), the store shipped three cases of France’s finest to an address in Hither Green, South London as instructed.

Only, there were two problems:

1. The delivery location was nothing more than a mid-grade hair salon, which the Luxembourg store found out about after the goods were dropped off.

2. The man’s bank account and its details were fake. Meaning, the Toure’s supposed ‘agent’ bounced with three dozen bottles of vino and the store never got their monayz.

A genius, but morally wrong idea, if we do say so ourselves.

As The Sun reports, Touré knew nada about the scam or man behind it.

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7 Responses to “Yaya Touré: Conned Out Of Three Cases Of Wine”

  1. CoutureGooner says:

    They should have googled the address first. That's a lot of wine ($$) to just send out and not know exactly where its going. Once the search populated with "Mona's Hair Salon" it'd be pretty clear that this was a scam.

  2. Alone- Brazil says:

    Football players should know that there are people who should not be friends! Not be too careful in the world of best interests or in the football world!

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  4. Kat says:

    Ummmmm. I don't run a business but isn't it standard operating procedure to verify someone's bank details before processing an order? How can you send goods on their way without checking if the details are valid? They don't have to charge the account yet since the items haven't been received, but at least CHECK that the account EXISTS. I feel bad for the store, but their losses could've been prevented by one simple phone call.

  5. DrStrangelove says:

    Now I'm not a business owner, and I doubt I will ever be one, but if I was going to send over twenty grand's worth of my product abroad to an unseen address, I would make sure that I had recieved you know, perhaps just a little of that money before I despatched the product. I rather suspect though that this is one of those strange instances where asking the customer to actually transfer their money before taking reciept of the product is considered 'vulgar'.

  6. Rooneygirl says:

    Well, Luxembourg is not in France but in a the country called Luxembourg too!