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King of clubs takes on cy­ber crooks fleec­ing his star guests

- Crime · Cara Delevingne · Bill Gates · United Kingdom · Hertford

Known as the king of clubs, Robin Bir­ley, owner of ex­cu­sive pri­vate mem­bers’ club 5 Hert­ford Street, is fa­mil­iar with many of high so­ci­ety’s hus­tlers and trick­sters — and that’s just among his own mem­bers!

now he is hav­ing to use all his cun­ning to fight off cy­ber crim­i­nals

Af­ter sev­eral of his club mem­bers were tar­geted by on­line fraud­sters pos­ing as staff in an at­tempt to ex­tract money un­der false pre­tences, Bir­ley has been forced to call in the po­lice and gone to court to iden­tify the wrong­do­ers.

His 5 Hert­ford Street ad­dress clearly presents rich pick­ings for fraud­sters. The club, which was founded by Robin, son of Annabel’s founder Mark Bir­ley, and is fre­quented by the likes of su­per­model Cara Delev­ingne and Bill Gates, charges mem­bers about £2,500 a year.

‘over the sum­mer our so­lic­i­tors ob­tained court or­ders to en­able a num­ber of UK banks to pro­vide us with doc­u­ments to iden­tify the own­ers of bank ac­counts be­ing used in the fraud,’ says Bir­ley. ‘we have a great deal of in­for­ma­tion, which we are able to use to bring le­gal ac­tion against the peo­ple who ap­pear to be in­volved in this fraud.

‘we are on the verge of com­menc­ing le­gal pro­ceed­ings against them. none of the peo­ple we have iden­ti­fied have any con­nec­tion with the club as far as we can tell, by which I mean they are not cur­rent or for­mer em­ploy­ees.’

Although only a rel­a­tively small num­ber of mem­bers have been mis­led into pay­ing money, it seems the scam­mers re­main as de­ter­mined as ever. ‘The one thing we have not yet been able to do is to pre­vent the phish­ing emails from be­ing sent out,’ adds Bir­ley. ‘Un­for­tu­nately these emails are still go­ing out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to the club’s mem­bers and are, at a glance, very re­al­is­tic.’

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