Who has not ordered takeout from a favorite restaurant in the past year and a half?
It’s a booming trend that’s unlikely to go away, and so, of course, the bad guys are out in force trying to take advantage and con people.
These takeout scams play off food delivery apps like DoorDash or GrubHub, or even merchants’ own websites that they have set up to avoid fees connected with the apps, the Better Business Bureau says.
These scams happen when you do a restaurant search and end up with a third-party website that looks official enough to belong to the desired eatery or to a legitimate delivery service.
When you click on the link, you are able to select your food and enter credit card details, similar to what you do when it’s the real deal, the BBB says.
However, this time, although the charges show up on your account, you’re going to be left hungry because the food is never going to arrive, the BBB says. Also, you have just disclosed your credit card details, address and other personal information to a bunch of thieves.
Here’s how to avoid this:
• Order only from websites you trust. “Even if you think you are on a website you know, double check the URL before you place the order,” the BBB says.
• The first time you order directly from an eatery, call to confirm that it has online ordering and that you are using the correct address.
• Use a credit, rather than debit, card to pay because you’ll be able to challenge an unauthorized…