Kent Co. Health Dept. warns restaurant owners about scam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Health Department is warning restaurant owners and employees about a scam.

The health department says a local restaurant contacted them after receiving a phone call from a person claiming to be a representative from KCHD. The caller reportedly told an employee that the restaurant would have to pay a $5 “rescheduling fee” for an inspection. The caller also insisted the fee be paid immediately by credit card.

Health officials say the call did not come from a KCHD employee and the health department does not charge a “rescheduling fee” or demand immediate credit card only payments for fees.

“A $5 charge might seem so insignificant to someone that they simply agree to pay it. It is very possible though, that whoever is making these calls has larger plans for your credit card such as selling your information or running up huge bills on your account,” said Kent County Administrative Health Officer Adam London in a news release.

KCHD is asking that if you are contacted by someone who claims to represent the health department and asks for money over the phone, to request a call back number and then call KCHD at 616.632.6900. KCHD also urges anyone who believes they have been a victim of this scam to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6100.