KODIAK — The state of Alaska is warning businesses against a new scam — health inspector impersonators.

In the scam, a person will call a business in order to schedule a fake health inspection. The scammer then either asks for private information or for the business to pay for the inspection.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, which runs the state’s food safety program, does not charge for inspections or ask for confidential information by phone.

“This is not the first time scam artists have targeted establishments in the state of Alaska and made requests posing as a health inspector,” DEC environmental health director Kristin Ryan said.

Kodiak health inspector Mike Gardner could not be reached by press time.

Businesses are advised to ask people claiming to be health inspectors to show photo ID, or call (907) 269-7501 to confirm the identity of a health inspector.

Any suspicious phone calls involving this scam should be reported to the same telephone number.

Contact the Daily Mirror newsroom at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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