Scammer uses gift card-based credit cards to rip off Metro Detroit bars

SINCE 2016 WITH A STREET VALUE OF MORE THAN $ 20 MILLION! OF MORE THAN $ 20 MILLION! >> Kim: A WARNING TONIGHT FROM >> Kim: A WARNING TONIGHT FROM ONE OWNER TO OTHERS RESTAURANT ONE RESTAURANT OWNER TO OTHERS

A SCAMMER OPERATING IN PLAIN A SCAMMER OPERATING IN THE SIGHT IS STEALING TENS OF SIGHT IS STEALING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM BUSINESSES BUSINESSES SEVERAL OF THE VICTIMS ARE IN SEVERAL OF THE VICTIMS ARE IN MACOMB COUNTY MACOMB COUNTY AS NICK MONACELLI REPORTS, IT AS NICK MONACELLI REPORTS, IT WAS A SCAM THAT TOOK PLANNING WAS A SCAM THAT TOOK PLANNING AND NOW IT'S SPREADING

AND NOW IT'S SPREADING >> IT DOES BOTHER ME QUITE A >> IT DOES BOTHER ME QUITE BIT, JUST GETTING SCAMMED, BIT, JUST GETTING SCAMMED, WHETHER IT'S A DOLLAR GOLD 1700 WHETHER IT'S A DOLLAR GOLD 1700 >> Nick: THE OWNER OF ST JOE'S >> Nick: THE OWNER OF ST

JOE'S HAS COOL COLLECTED DEMEANOR HAS A COOL COLLECTED DEMEANOR UNLESS YOU START RIPPING HIM UNLESS YOU START RIPPING HIM OFF OFF A MAN BECAME HAS FREQUENT AND A MAN BECAME HAS FREQUENT AND SOMETHING DID NOT SEEM RIGHT SOMETHING DID NOT SEEM RIGHT >> HE SAID HE WAS US TIPPING AND >> HE SAID HE WAS TIPPING AND WOLD ORDER A BEER FOR OVEN GOLD WDLD ORDER A BEER FOR OVEN OR FIVE DOLLARS AND LEAVE A $ 100 FIVE DOLLARS AND LEAVE A $ 100 TIP

TIP >> Nick: HE WOULD COME IN, TELL >> Nick: HE WOULD COME IN, TELL A SOB STORY AND OFFER TO PAY A A SOB STORY AND OFFER TO PAY A LARGE TIP IF HE COULD SPLIT THE LARGE TIP IF HE COULD SPLIT THE CASH PORTION OF THE TIP WITH THE CASH PORTION OF THE TIP WITH THE BARTENDER BARTENDER HE IS USING CREDIT CARD-BASED HE IS USING CREDIT CARD-BASED CARDS WITH BARELY ANY MONEY GIFT CARDS WITH BAREY ANY MONEY ON THEM BUT THE GOES TRANSACTION ON THEM BUT THE TRANSACTION GOES THROUGH BECAUSE THE PURCHASES THROUGH BECAUSE THE PURCHASES ARE NOT IMMEDIATELY REVIEWED ARE NOT IMMEDIATELY REVIEWED

THE BILL WAS ONLY 425, GOAL HE THE BILL WAS ONLY 425, GOAL OFFERS A $ 100 TIP OFFERS A $ 100 TIP THE BARTENDER KEEPS 20 BUCKS AND THE BARTENDER KEEPS 20 BUCKS AND HE POCKETS THE REST

HE POCKETS THE REST HERE'S WHERE THE RESTAURANTS HERE'S WHERE THE RESTAURANTS LOSE OUT LOSE OUT EVENTUALLY THEY GET A EVENTUALLY THEY GET NOTIFICATION FROM THE CREDIT NOTIFICATION FROM THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY SAYING THEY'RE CARD COMPANY SAYING THEY'RE GOING TO DISPUTE THE TIP GOING TO DISPUTE THE PORTION TIP, SO THE MONEY TAKEN OUT PORTION, SO THE MONEY TAKEN OUT OF THE REGISTER IS JUST GONE! OF THE REGISTER IS JUST GONE! THEY KNOW WHO THIS GUY IS AND THE WHO KNOW WHO THIS GUY AND HE HEADING BARS ALL THAT HE IS HEADING BARS ALL OVER, INCLUDING THE MC GRATIOT OVER, INCLUDING THE MC GRATIOT PUB BUT IS WORKING THE AREA PUB BUT IS WORKING THE AREA

>> HE HAS BEEN HITTING THE >> HE HAS BEEN HITTING THE TRICOUNTY AREA HEAVILY AND GOING TRICOUNTY AREA HEAVILY AND GOING TO SOME BUSINESSES UP TO 5 TIMES TO SOME BUSINESSES UP TO 5 TIMES TO DAY A DAY >> LUCKILY IT'S ONLY $ 1700 FOR >> LUCKILY IT'S ONLY $ 1700 FOR US, GOAL OTHERS HAVE BEEN UP TO US, GOAL OTHERS HAVE BEEN UP TO $ 10,000 $ 10,000 >> Nick: THEY WANT BUSINESSES TO >> Nick: THEY WANT BUSINESSES TO KNOW HE'S OUT THERE

KNOW HE'S OUT THERE >> NOW HE'S STARTING THE WEST >> NOW HE'S STARTING ON THE WEST SIDE SIDE SO IF WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT SO IF WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT THERE AND MAKE SURE HE DOES NOT THERE AND MAKE SURE HE DOES NOT GO TO OTHER RESTAURANTS, GO AROUND TO OTHER RESTAURANTS, THAT WOULD BE WORTH IT