Scam Artist Using A Restaurant's Name For Money

Monday, July 16th 2007, 6:30 pm
By: News On 6

A Tulsa restaurant owner has a consumer alert. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports a scam artist is using the restaurant's good name to try to swindle folks out of their hard earned cash. When Leroy, who doesn't want his last name used, was approached by a man in downtown Tulsa asking for money, red flags went up, but he wanted to give the man the benefit of the doubt.

"He was very well dressed, spoke very clearly, was intelligent, and I figured if the guy was legit, hey I would help him out.” said Leroy.

The man told Leroy he owned Rubicon Restaurant at 3rd and Peoria and that he needed money to fix a flat tire and that Leroy would be repaid there.

"Twenty-five bucks isn't going to make or break a person, but when you're down and out on your luck, it means all the difference in the world, so I spotted him the 25 bucks, so he gave me this note, promised, swore up and down he'd pay me back,” Leroy said.

But the legitimate owners didn't know anything about the story the con artist created.

"That's wrong, just plain and simple, and we have people that come in here and tell us they're using our name to get this out of them. That's even worse,” said Rubicon’s owner Ethan Benjamin.

In the past week, four victims of the scam have come to the restaurant.

The owner of the restaurant worries that the con artist will continue to rip people off using their name or possibly the names of other Tulsa area restaurants. They want people to be aware and cautious.

They say they don't want their business they've worked 13 years to build, to be tarnished by a scam.

"They find out they've been scammed, and that's a horrible feeling, for them and for me,” Benjamin said.

The restaurant owners have contacted police about the scam. They want anyone who is approached by someone claiming to own a restaurant and asking for money to call police too.

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