Arcata Police Department press release:
On Sunday, April 12, 2020, The Arcata Police Department received a fraud report from the Valley Azteca Restaurant, located in the Valley West Shopping Center. The scam consisted of a fake, online ordering webpage for the restaurant, through a website named “Order Hero.”
The webpage contained accurate restaurant information including phone number, address and actual menu items. Customers accessed this false website through Google.com which appeared as “Aztecavalley.site”
Customers provided credit card information through the website at the time of ordering and when they arrived at the restaurant, to pick up their food, they learned no such online ordering services existed.
The Arcata Police Department cautions the community when ordering food and other products online and recommends verification of services through the business before placing an order, especially when using a new or unknown service provider.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2424. If you have been the victim of this or any other fraud, please contact the Arcata Police Department or law-enforcement agency of jurisdiction where the crime occurred.