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Web scam nets books worth UKP.100,000



>From The Times. London:

Web scam nets books worth UKP.100,000
BY RUSSELL JENKINS

DETECTIVES are questioning an unemployed man accused of pretending to be an
academic to steal books worth more than UKP.100,000 by e-mail over the
Internet. He would order the books, some valued at UKP.300 each, from the
websites of specialist booksellers who sent them without credit card checks.
When police raided the 40-year-old man's terraced home in Deeplish, near
Rochdale, they found his bedroom and living room piled high with thousands of
books.

Detective Inspector Martin Jeffs, in charge of the investigation, said: "This
man purports to speak 16 languages but even so, he could not have been able to
read them all. The languages range from Arabic to Chinese. Even if he could read
them all, he would still be reading them when he was a hundred years old."

Two police officers at Rochdale police headquarters are employed full time
cataloguing about 2,000 tomes.

The alleged fraud was uncovered last week when an American booksellers contacted
a Dutch counterpart via e-mail to check the bona fides of a customer.


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