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SCAM: Health Inspector Scam
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Unknown
OVERVIEW: The New Mexico Environmental Health Division has reported to AG Gary King’s Consumer Protection Division that the latest version of the “Health Inspector” scam is making its way into restaurants statewide.
Posing as health inspectors from the “State Health Department” and the “United States Department of Agriculture,” scammers are calling restaurant employees in Alamogordo, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Clovis, and Deming stating they have “had a complaint” and will be visiting their establishment “today.”
During the discussion, the scammer instructs the restaurant employee to “hang up the phone” so as to receive another call that will “provide ID numbers of the inspectors.”
The subsequent call is automated and provides a “craigslist password” while another reported call requests credit card machine numbers.
PREVENTION: Though it is not clear the specific intent of the calls, the “Health Inspector” scammers appear to be phishing for credit card numbers and personal information.
Individuals receiving this type of call are asked to report the activity to their local law enforcement agency and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: The United States Department of Agriculture and State of New Mexico Health Inspectors will never ask for any type of payment or credit card information.
Deputy Director of Communications
Office of New Mexico Attorney General
Gary K. King
111 Lomas Blvd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
505 222-9048 office
505 231-4731 cell