Fake food inspectors target restaurants, health department warns

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 4:39pm
Staff reports

Four restaurants late last week got calls from a person claiming to be a food inspector, which prompted Metro Public Health Department to issue a warning about the imposter.

According to Metro Health officials, legitimate food inspections are unannounced and are not scheduled over the phone. Health Department inspectors will always carry photo identification and will never ask for sensitive information over the phone.

Restaurant owners and operators are advised not to provide sensitive or confidential information over the telephone and are encouraged to report calls from those claiming to be food inspectors to the Metro Police department’s Fraud Unit at 862-7594.

Similar food inspection scams have been reported in other states.

1 Comment on this post:

By: freddy on 7/7/10 at 9:32


"Similar food inspection scams"? I read the above article twice and didn't see anything about a scam. Actually, there was nothing at all about the phone calls, what was said, or anything.
Pretty much a non-story. back to work!