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A new scam is on the rise which targets restaurant owners and their customers, according to the latest data from Financial Fraud Action UK, a payments industry body. “Restaurant owners need to be alert," said Katy Worobec, director of the organisation. "Fraudsters can sound very professional – don’t be fooled. The scam is simple but a new twist on previous attempts to convince people to hand over their bank account details. A fraudster, posing as bank staff, phones a restaurant early on in the day and says that there is a problem with its card payments system. He tells them that due to this fault, the restaurant will have to redirect card payments to a number, which is then given to them by the fraudster.