Money scam targets Portland food carts

Money scam targets Portland food carts

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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 1:23 PM

PORTLAND -- A scam is targeting Portland's popular food carts.

Investigators said the scam artists have targeted local vendors at least two times, and there could be more cases.

Jason Keck owns a mobile catering business called Uncle Herbs.  He's one of the people who was targeted by the scammers.

Keck said he got an email order from a man who said he wanted food boxes for an upcoming Oregon wedding. When it came time to pay, the so-called customer insisted Keck overcharge his credit card by $950 via western union, to tip the driver who would pick up the food when it was ready.

Keck thought that seemed odd, so he called police, who began an investigation.

“I've got a lot of other friends who do catering trucks, catering carts and a lot of other festival vendors and I just wanted to get the word out,” he said.

Other Portland food cart vendors said they’re watching out for each other, to try and stop the crook from fooling anyone.

“It's a lot of mom and pop sort of thing so i think it's really unfortunate that people are getting ripped off," said Amy Smith with Sonny Bowl.

“It's all kind of like a family so we all just watch our backs. Nobody messes around with each other,” added Chastin Kanoa with Kanoa's Pig.

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