In August, we told you about a man named “Ali” who was scamming Richmond District merchants by demanding refunds for food he had never purchased.
The KTVU News 2 Investigates team took a deeper look into the story and not only identified the scammer, but also confronted him about his activities. His name is Oualid Soumbati, and he lives on 26th Avenue right here in the Richmond District.
When confronted by KTVU on camera, Soumbati denied that it was him on the surveillance video from Nourish Cafe. He told reporter Ross Palombo that he was aware of the refund scammer story being online, but that he thought it was bullshit, and that “the whole thing is kinda funny”.
But several Richmond District merchants interviewed for the KTVU story confirmed it was “Ali” on KTVU’s footage.
By the end of the news story, reporter Ross Palombo says that Soumbati’s attorney finally confirmed it was his client on the video at Nourish Cafe, but that Soumbati’s return was legitimate. The attorney also said that Soumbati never tried to get refunds at any of the other Richmond District businesses mentioned.
So merchants, keep your eyes out for Oualid / Ali and alert your staff to watch for his arrival, and phone calls.