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Is takeout food safe? Yes, but the receipt could cause you trouble

Most to-go slips include your name and phone number. Your identity can't be stolen, but there's a different danger.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Sit in a restaurant and have a meal? It hasn't happened in more than a month.

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In the COVID-19 world, there's only takeout and there are entire Facebook pages dedicated to the restaurants offering meals. When you order, you're helping a small business stay afloat. It's a good thing, right?

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Yes, but you still need to be aware of what kind of information those takeout orders are giving out. Like our own Maddie Gardner, your order has your name and your phone number on it.

So, what's the big deal? I mean, you can’t steal someone’s identity with a phone number. Nope, there’s another issue.

“The danger is the scammer could take that information and pretend they're calling from the restaurant you ordered take out from,” said Lechelle Yates with the Better Business Bureau. “They could say something like, 'We're giving refunds or rebates to good customers and we don't have your credit card number on file, just read it to me over the phone and we'll get it all taken care of for you.'”

Yeah, it’s that easy. Remember when you would eat out at restaurants and you would make sure your receipt got shredded or crossed out and put in the garbage? Well, now you should probably add those to-go order slips too.
 

No matter what, be aware of a "too good to be true deal."