Retail Loss Prevention industry lays down challenge to Britain’s Greatest Fraudster
Tony Sales was once dubbed “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster” by the UK media, but now he uses his insider knowledge to help UK retailers fight back against retail loss prevention.
One of his specialisms is in working with suppliers of Retail Loss Prevention equipment to thoroughly test their products, using all the tricks at his disposal, and insights into the workings of the criminal mind.
Agon Systems invited Tony to test The Concept Tag, the revolutionary new EAS tag that’s set to change the Retail Loss Prevention industry. He was asked to apply all his inside knowledge of how criminals would go about defeating the system to not only test the tag itself, but the whole supply chain including the manufacture and distribution of the system’s unique de-tagger.
Tony takes up the story.
“I first knew about the Agon Concept Tag last year when I had heard that JD Sports were doing something with it. The first time I saw it in the flesh was at Retail Fraud in Leicester. A retailer, Mitch Haynes from Aurora, asked if I had tested it. This planted the seed and really how I came to test the tag.
I didn’t really know a lot about the Agon Concept Tag, which is the way I wanted it to stay. I prefer knowing little about a product I’m going to test – it produces a far better way of testing them. All I was told was that the Agon Concept Tag didn’t work like a normal tag, and chances are I won’t be able to break it.
I went into it with a really open mind. I had several initial ideas for breaking it, what I needed and how I might get my hands on the parts I needed, however I didn’t know if they would work or not.”
Tony threw everything he had at it, including buying a detacher from a high street shop – without any ID. You can see for yourself how easy it was to get hold of the detacher in this clip of their undercover filming.
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