Calls to restaurants about inspection is scam

by | 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

have an

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

questions.

   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.

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