Two scams, one solution

  • Jun. 14, 2010 7:00 a.m.

Northern Health has recently become aware of a telephone scam where the caller claims to be an NH “health inspector”. Calls have been placed to restaurants, seeking sensitive information including tax details. In some cases, the calls have included the threat of a fine for not providing information.Northern Health advises operators of restaurants and other regularly-inspected facilities that NH Environmental Health Officers are not in the practice of seeking financial or other personal information over the phone. EHOs carry nametags that clearly identify them as NH employees, and can be further verified by calling the local Health Unit. On another front, a new phone scam has emerged. customers report picking up a phone call from a 905-395-XXXX number to hear a recorded message: “Hello, because you are a valued customer you will receive 3,000 travel dollars. To accept press 1.” Any customers who press 1 are connected to a person who mis-represents themselves as working for and tries to extract personal information, likely for identity theft. These calls are a scam, and are not coming from . advises anyone who receives such a call should hang up. If you have received a call and given personal information, please contact your local police or call ‘ fraud team at 1-877-567-2062.