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.