Regional
12:41 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

KRWG ALERT: New Mexico Restaurant Scam

New Mexico – New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office has issued a warning to restaurants across the state of a new scam called "Health Inspector."

A spokeswoman for King says scammers pose as restaurant health inspectors from the State Health Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They call restaurants statewide stating they have a complaint and will be visiting their establishment that day.

The Daily Times reports callers then instruct restaurant employees to hang up the phone and wait for a callback with identification numbers of the inspectors.

The second call is automated and provides a craigslist password while another call requests credit card machine numbers.

Officials think the "Health Inspector" scammers appear to be interested in obtaining credit card numbers and personal information.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.