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City alerts business owners of new scam attempts

The City of Kansas City, Mo., warns restaurant owners and other area business owners of a new scam that has recently appeared in Kansas City and advises caution.

Five different food establishments contacted the City’s Health Department with concerns about a caller identifying himself as a Health Department inspector and requesting security access codes and other confidential information.

“The Health Department does not call in advance to schedule routine inspections and does not request confidential information over the phone,” said Bert Malone, manager of the Environmental Health Services division. “Our inspectors carry visible identification in the form of a badge when inspecting food preparation and service establishments.”

If you are contacted by this person, or believe that you have recently been fraudulently contacted by this person and provided information, please contact the police department or the Missouri Attorney General’s office. If you have concerns about the identity of an individual claiming to be a Health Department representative, contact the Environmental Public Health Program at 816-513-6315.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, 816-840-2548 (pager).

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