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Officials with the Anderson County Health Department are warning local food establishments of a nationwide telephone scam targeting restaurants, according to a news release.
According to Public Health Director Brandon Hurley, restaurants across the state are being contacted by entities claiming to be from the health department. The fraudulent inspectors will call and ask to set up a time for an inspection, and also threaten monetary fines for non-compliance.
So far, incidents have all involved a type of telephone scam in which the caller requests sensitive information about the restaurant and the staff. The caller then requests that the restaurant call another telephone number to actually schedule an inspection.
“Though agents from the local, state and federal health agencies routinely inspect Kentucky food establishments, advance scheduling of an inspection is not a normal procedure,” said Tim Wright, Anderson County’s Environmental Health Director.
Mark Reed, manager of Kentucky’s Food Safety Branch said his office has received reports of this scam across the state.
All health inspectors in Kentucky should carry proper photo identification signifying their relationship with federal, state or local health agencies.
Food facilities are encouraged to ask for proper identification from anyone representing themselves as a health inspector.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s food safety branch is working cooperatively with the state Attorney General’s office in assisting their investigation regarding this scam.
For more information about this issue contact the Anderson County Health Department at 502- 839-4551 or visit www.achdonline.org.