The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is warning residents to avoid food events, such as "bottomless mimosa" expositions, that may be a scam.
The office's consumer protection division said it has received complaints of "phantom events" that charged between $10 to $105 but never took place.
This included crab feeds, sushi buffets and "All You Can Eat Pupusas" in San Jose, Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to other states.
A bottomless brunch believed to be a scam was advertised in a local newspaper, according to prosecutors, offering "juicy prime rib, steamed crab... decadent cakes... and bottomless champagne!"
The District Attorney's office is advising residents to check the credibility of websites, reach out to event venues or contact their bank if they believe they have been targeted by a scam.
Residents can also file a consumer complaint with the District Attorney's office at (408) 792-2880 or contact police.