Fast Food

A Taco Bell Is Scammed Out Of THOUSANDS By Suspect Pretending To Be Company Vice President

A single Taco Bell is making headlines, though not for any crazy new items.

It seems this particular Taco Bell fell victim to a grift, reports Consumerist.

On Tuesday evening someone called an Arkansas Taco Bell store claiming to be “Pamela Miller” a vice president at Taco Bell.

The caller told the employee that US Marshalls would be coming to arrest the store manager and that she needed to collect thousands of dollars from the safe, throw it into a bank bag, and hand it off to a trusted coworker until further instructions were giving.

The Taco Bell employee did just that, cleaning out the restaurant’s safe and gave it to another coworker. “Pamela” then instructed the second employee to complete a wire transfer.

While the second employee was out handling his share of the “mission,” the first employee began to have doubts of the authenticity of the caller.

After a call to the regional manager of Taco Bell, she learned that the caller was a fraud.

Unfortunately, the second employee already transferred more than $2,000 through Western Union and Money Gram at two different stores.

Police officers were able to find the recipients of the money transfers, despite the employee flushing the transfer receipts down the toilet, per instructions of the “Pamela.”

You can’t make this up.

The most astonishing part of this caper was that both Taco Bell employees missed quite a few red flags before common sense kicked in.


Identity Thieves Check Stolen Credit Cards Through Domino’s, Buy New Yorkers Pizza


Brooklyn police apparently keep tabs on the social media accounts of the usual suspects. Y’know, in case someone brags about illegal shenanigans. One post, in particular, raised some eyebrows:

Who wants free pizza?

An image of the Domino’s logo would occasionally appear near the question that was often repeated on Facebook channels.

Turns out identity thieves were testing to see whether credit card numbers worked by using them to order pizza from Domino’s. The pizza company told the authorities that they had a spike in sales from the area. The cops dug a little deeper and discovered that the card numbers were from all over the US, with some cardholders calling in to protest pizza charges.

The thieves would order the pizzas through a phone app and would then have them sent to people in the area, thus securing the validity of the cards.

Authorities contacted the Domino’s pizza locations in the area. Turns out individuals were making a record number of orders, more than usual for a common household. Attempts to purchase pizza through the app would be made even after multiple rejected credit cards. One customer was said to have ordered 2,000 times within a month.

Police have since arrested 14 suspects tied to the pizza ring, some of whom claim they were only involved for the free pizza.

Now if this was Domino’s Pizza from a few years ago, we would have taken a hard pass.

h/t New York Times


How This Brilliantly Boozy Scammer Stole $60,000 In Wine


If you’re gonna use a stolen credit card to buy booze, you might as well go all out. Such was the case with a con man who tricked multiple restaurants into sending him about $60,000 in wine, reports the Evening Standard.

The guy pretended to be the agent of professional footballer Didier Drogba. He then requested multiple deliveries of expensive wines using stolen credit cards, including $44,000 of Lafite and Pétrus. Chef Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House sent a cab driver to deliver the wine, which he later learned was delivered to a local McDonald’s. There’s a red flag.

A similar grift occurred at Pied à Terre, where a man called in as a “fixer” for “rich Arab clients,” asking for a bottle of Cristal, three magnums of Cristal and a vintage Pétrus worth about $12,000. Also with a stolen card. As of yet, the con artist has not been identified.

Police say they have no leads. We’re gonna call him the “Fine Wine Bandit.”

h/t Grub Street


Love Kobe Beef? Well, You’ve Probably Never Had It [REPORT]

kobe beef in america doesn't exist

We’re not kidding. According to an article that debuted earlier this week from Forbes, its impossible to have ordered, bought or consumed authentic Kobe beef in the United States. Why don’t you let that sink in a bit.

That’s right. No matter how much you have spent or who your legitimate source was – you’ve been duped. swindled. psyched. bamboozled. hoodwinked. and a lot of other synonyms that could be generated by my prevailing wit, definitely not google and thesaurus searches.

We can all stand to learn a bit more about what true Kobe Beef is and isn’t. It IS produced by some of the world’s strictest legal standards and requires a pure lineage of Tajima-gyu breed cattle. It ISN’T massaged for hours by dedicated sous-chefs as part of the standard preparation of five-diamond restaurants. It IS beef that is born and raised for its entire life in the Hyogo prefecture and always a bull or virgin cow. It ISN’T an argument between the active LA Lakers legend and the most emotional basketball player of all time Pau Gasol.

The imitation beef you have been consumed probably has come from the Midwest, Great Plains, South America or Australia. Here’s the proof:

“It is now illegal to import (or even hand carry for personal consumption) any Japanese beef. Before 2010 you could import only boneless fresh Japanese beef, but none was real Kobe. Under Japanese law, Kobe beef can only came from Hyogo prefecture (of which Kobe is the capital city), where no slaughterhouses were approved for export by the USDA. According to its own trade group, the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association in Japan, where Kobe Beef is a registered trademark, Macao is the only place it is exported to – and only since last year. If you had real Kobe beef in this country in recent years, someone probably smuggled it in their luggage.”

Now you know.

(THX Forbes, Photo Credit to Wikipedia)