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Published June 30, 2010, 06:10 PM

Scammers Target Restaurant in Grand Forks

A con-artist is targeting restaurants in North Dakota.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A con-artist is targeting restaurants in North Dakota. Police said someone called Phoenix Wok and Grill last night, posing as a health inspector.

Detective Mike Flannery said by posing as a health inspector, the scammer can get money by telling the restaurant they have fines. They tell the restaurant to pay the fines by wiring money through companies like Western Union. By doing this, they never even have to enter the restaurant, thus most restaurant owners are not able to ask for credentials. Flannery said a place like Grand Forks makes it easier to spot a fake.

"If you're a restaurant owner you know the people in the health department. We're that small of a town. You consistently work with one health inspector. It's probably not going to be a problem," he said.

Area restaurants have been alerted and no more reports have been made.