When angry customers started phoning his restaurant, accusing his waitstaff of overcharging them, Corino Bonjrada feared that in an already tough economy he could lose his business. Bonjrada, who has owned Mondello for the past seven years, pressed the callers…

It’s not just the time and effort he’s expended, the money lost and the hassle of it all that bothers business owner Larry Williams. It’s that his standing in the community of Lompoc has been damaged. Williams’ troubles started a…

The restaurant industry is rife with ways to lose profitability. Just when you think you have things buttoned up, a new twist comes along that can threaten your business and you may not even know about it. Last year the…

Four Romanian nationals have been arrested in connection with a multimillion-dollar scheme to remotely steal payment card data from the point-of-sale systems of more than 150 Subway restaurants and other U.S. businesses, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The…

A Seattle grand jury has indicted a Maryland man accused of hacking into the credit card systems of several Seattle businesses and using stolen funds to fuel his heroin addiction. Currently in inpatient treatment for drug addition, 20-year-old Christopher A.…

Russian scam artists have created a smorgasbord of headaches for restaurants both locally and nationally, hacking into a popular supplier’s computers and stealing up to 300,000 eateries’ credit-card numbers. “It hasn’t been fun for us, and it hasn’t been fun…

More than two dozen current and former waiters and their associates from some of the city’s top steakhouses have been arrested in an alleged identity theft ring, accused of stealing credit card numbers from wealthy customers, authorities said Friday. The…

At least nine customers at the Port Richey Mugs N Jugs fell victim to a credit card skimming waitress, according to Pasco County Sheriff’s Detectives. “We do have more victims, we’re working on locating them,” said Detective John Suess. He’s…

Scammers are targeting Ottawa, Canada eateries with a familiar scam. They are posing as fake health inspectors and threatening the restaurant owners into calling a phone number and entering a code. This code creates a Craigslist account, which the scammers…

Several Ottawa restaurants have been targeted by scammers posing as health inspectors. In a typical fraud, the phoney official contacts a restaurant and solicits sensitive banking and financial information about the business. Sometimes they threaten a restaurant with fines if…

An old restaurant scam is making the rounds among restaurants across the nation in a new format. Restaurants are receiving large orders of 100 or more servings of food, with payment through a scammed credit card number. The restaurant is…

A restaurant phone scam that has been making its way around the country over the past couple of years is making its way to restaurants through email. Typically, the phone scammers will call a restaurant using the TTY (teletypewriter) relay…

‘Adam” is a waiter’s nightmare. The 35-year-old accountant, who lives in Brooklyn and asked that his real name not be used, has been known to skip out on the check at restaurants. Once he and three friends racked up a…

“A dirty con man with an appetite for fraud,” reports the New York Post, “is cleaning up at the expense of Manhattan restaurant owners—and federal agents want to serve him his just desserts.” Admittedly, it’s a pretty clever scam. The…

When a Spartanburg County restaurant owner got an order for 300 meals, he was excited, but quickly learned it was too good to be true. Dimitri Kakouras, who owns Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs, got a phone call Monday asking…

The N.C. Division of Environmental Health is warning restaurant owners to be careful of a scam targeting food service establishments. State officials say restaurateurs have reported receiving calls from people claiming to be health inspectors or other government officials who…

A group of pranksters picked the wrong restaurant. One of the waiters was a former track star. He also showed no fear. He saw three men leaving a Buffalo Wild Wings in Skokie, Ill., one night last week and he…

A person posing as a food inspector unsuccessfully tried to get a Howard County restaurant operator release sensitive information over the weekend, the latest instance in a series of similar incidents around the country in recent months, county health officials…

Area restaurant owners are being warned to beware of an apparent scam by someone falsely claiming to be a food inspector, according to a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. We don’t want anybody to get stung…

An Auburn couple has been arrested for allegedly trying to extort a restaurant over an order of take-out. The Auburn Police Department says 39-year-old Larry Warren Bosworth and 36-year-old Rebecca Lynn Bosworth conspired to force a Chinese restaurant to pay…

The scam sounded plausible at first. Who wouldn’t want 250 caesar salads? Things didn’t get suspicious until the anonymous caller asked to overpay the bill by $1,100 — supposedly for the delivery service — and have the difference sent to…

Restaurants in Minnesota and North Dakota are being targeted by scammers, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Two restaurants in the Twin Cities reported the scam to the BBB recently. According to the reports, the scammers use the Telecommunications…

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Restaurant Association say someone has been calling Maine restaurants, trying to scam them out of money by saying that an employee has been arrested. The caller claims to be a bail bondsman…

Boulder police are investigating an attempted catering scam that could have bilked one Boulder business out of nearly $1,000 and tricked its employees into making 150 chicken sandwiches for nothing, according to Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.      The owner…

An attempted larceny via credit card at Back Street Restaurant, 22 Center Street, was reported on Friday, March 5. The owner of the restaurant received a phone call at the restaurant from a man who identified himself as James Fish…