Restaurants warned of overpayment scam by Better Business Bureau

Niagara Falls’ Ghada Have It! Mediterranean Home Cooking and Power City Eatery caught the scam in time.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The Better Business Bureau says there’s an overpayment scam from about 10 years ago that is circling back and you could be their next target. 

Niagara Falls’ Ghada Have It! Mediterranean Home Cooking and Power City Eatery caught it in time. 

Scammers sent an email to both, placing a large catering order, and pretended to be hearing impaired. The BBB says scammers do it to gain sympathy. 

They then say a driver will come to pick up the food, and they want you to overcharge them so that they can dispute it with the credit card company for the inconvenience. The credit card company will then rely on you to pay them back. 

“We just want to let all of our friends and family in the restaurant business know

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Off the Menu: OpenTable produces its Top 10 list for Western Mass

Best restaurant around? It’s a question the answer to which will vary widely depending on of whom it is asked.

There was a time when such pronouncements were the prerogative of food writers and professional critics, but in the 21st century we all have a way to make our opinions widely known — online reviews.

OpenTable, the online reservation service, collects and analyzes over 400,000 new diner reviews it receives every month. Periodically they use those summaries to generate a crowd-sourced overview of those establishments OpenTable users consider to be the best of the best.

Their recent Top 10 list for Western Massachusetts proved to be an interesting cross section of local dining destinations. Out of the 10 restaurants Open Table afforded “Best Overall Restaurant” status, six were from the Pioneer Valley.

Restaurants on the “Best Overall” roster include B Napoli in West Springfield, with its contemporary Italian fare; Johnny’s

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