Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, police warn about scam |

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, police warn about scam

— Local officials are alerting business owners to watch out for this scam because it could be costly.

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs organization sent out an alert to business owners Thursday to make them aware of the scam, which has targeted local businesses for the third year in a row. This time, the scam artist targeted a local restaurant.

“The restaurant that let us know about this scam said that they had received an e-mail claiming that there would be 10 people from Russia eating in the restaurant for three nights in a row in January,” the Mainstreet alert stated.

The restaurant sent the e-mailer a menu. It was estimated it would cost the 10 Russians about $2,100 to eat there three nights, according to the alert. The e-mailer gave the restaurant a credit card number and asked management to run it for $10,000. The restaurant was supposed to keep $2,000 and give $8,000 to one of the diners when the group arrived.

“The restaurant declined and the caller, angry, hung up,” the Mainstreet alert stated.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is familiar with the ploy.

“It’s a similar scam, and we’ve dealt with these previously,” Police Sgt. Rich Brown said.

Mainstreet is urging business owners to contact the group if they think they are being targeted by the scam so Mainstreet can continue to raise awareness. Manager Tracy Barnett can be reached at 970-846-1800.

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