The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau is warning restaurants and catering companies to watch out for a Packers Super Bowl party scam.
The BBB’s Joellen Wollang says the scammer will use the TTY relay system to phone in the order. They will then claim the company delivering the order to them will not accept credit cards, so they ask the restaurant to pay cash on their behalf and charge that amount to the customer’s credit card.
However, Wollang says the credit card is usually stolen, leaving the restaurant or caterer out both money and goods.
A restaurant in Oak Creek was a victim of the scam last weekend, when an order was placed from someone in Connecticut.
The TTY relay system is often used by scammers because it’s designed to protect the confidentiality of the hearing impaired. Federal law protects the identity of callers using the service, making it hard to catch the criminals.
Wollang says a business should be leery if a customer asks them to either wire money or pay cash to a third party.
Bob Nelson, KFIZ