Calls to restaurants about inspection is scam
by Emanuel County Live | October 28, 2011 12:50 pm
Restaurants need to beware. Southeast Health District officials
have learned of a phone scam targeting local restaurants.
Within the last week, several restaurants within the District’s
16-county area have received phone calls telling them that they
upcoming health department inspection. The caller lets them know
that the inspection can be rescheduled and gives them instructions
on how to do this. The restaurant will have to pay a fee for the
rescheduling, according to the caller. They encourage the
restaurant to pay the fee by credit card over the phone.
”It sounds legit, but this is a scam,” says Dwain Butler,
Southeast Health District Environmental Health Director. “The
health department performs all restaurant inspections. We do not
call restaurants to schedule appointments, nor do we charge these
types of fees.”
Health department environmental health workers always carry
credentials. Restaurant staff may ask for identification at any
time during a restaurant inspection.
Restaurant owners are encouraged to contact the local county
health department if they receive this call or have any
The Southeast Health District consists of the following
counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bulloch, Candler,
Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Evans, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Tattnall,
Toombs, Ware and Wayne.