New scam targets restaurants in Benton County

One restaurant gave out their credit card information and then realized it was a scam when they found hundreds of charges on their card.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 6:19 PM

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. -- There is a new scam that restaurants need to watch out for.

The Benton County Environmental Health Divison recently received reports of restaurants receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be a health inspector in Benton County. The caller tells the businesses they owe money and then proceeds to ask for their credit card information.

Two restaurants have already fallen for the scam. One restaurant gave out their credit card information and then realized it was a scam when they found hundreds of charges on their card.

Officials said if you receive one of those calls you should hang up.

"We would never call and ask for payment over the phone; that's not how we do business and certainly when we're seeking payment it will come as a paper invoice," Lili'a Neville, the Benton County Public Information Officer, said. "If they're contacting you over the phone it's typically going to be about scheduling, not invoicing."

Officials said they are investigating the scam and believe the individual is likely someone who is from the county.

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