LOS ANGELES Marmalade Café didn’t think it was unusual that “Dr. Allan Brad” from the United Kingdom was interested in booking a group of 15 for three consecutive nights in January. Given the morbid economy, the prospect of the potential business was more than welcome. —At first, Grace Nguyen of After a few e-mail exchanges, however, Nguyen started to wonder if the reservation was legitimate, especially when “Brad” was willing to give a ...

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