Georgia DCH warns restaurants of possible scam

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Monday, December 6, 2010

Augusta, Ga. – While it hasn’t happened in our area, the Georgia Department of Community Health wants to warn business owners of a scam that has started in the Coastal Health District.

The Environmental Health Section of the Chatham County Health Department reports that someone is allegedly impersonating a “Food Inspector”.

The individual has contacted at least two Chatham County restaurants and asked to schedule an inspection with the manager or owner. The manager/owner is to call a phone number and enter a PIN number to schedule the inspection.

This PIN number allows the impersonator to possibly take monies from the restaurant’s account and place it into a bogus account.

Owners or managers of restaurants should know that no inspections are ever “pre-scheduled”. Inspections will always be unannounced. If someone calls requesting an appointment, contact your local health department.

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