ROCKFORD — As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, ordering takeout is still more popular than ever.
The virus has also paved the way for scammer to crate fake food websites.
“Watch out for fake food-ordering websites that scam consumers out of their money and personal information,” said Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau. “To avoid the fees and challenges that come with food delivery apps, some restaurants have set up their own websites.”
Horton said consumer fall victim of the fake-site scam when they search for their favorite restaurant’s website to see if they offer delivery and a way to order online. Near the top of the search results, they find a website that looks like it belongs to the restaurant. Or they may find a third-party website that looks very professional and similar to popular services. They click on the link, select their food, and enter a credit card information to…