Officials warn about fake inspector

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 21, 2011 7:20 AM

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Johnson County Public Health has issued a warning of a phony health inspector targeting Iowa food establishments, a press release said.

According to the release, the caller claims to be with the Health Department and tells establishments his agency has received a complaint.

Then, the individual asks for personal information over the phone, according to the release.

Johnson County Public Health Director Doug Beardsley said Johnson County food-protection staff always identify themselves and carry identification, and they never ask for personal infromation over the phone.

The release suggests food operators who believe they have been contacted by such an individual contact their local police about the potential scam.

— by Hayley Bruce

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