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Beware of fake inspectors

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AFTER dealing with people guised as police officers, LTA officials and FEA meter readers, a warning has been issued by the Health Ministry to be on the lookout for people impersonating health inspectors.

Health spokeswoman Evelyn Mani said reports were received that a person visited businesses obtaining money under the pretext of being a health inspector.

"He demands for a business licence before inspecting the premises," said Ms Mani. "This person also informs the trader that his two colleagues are in the area inspecting other businesses.

"While at the same time, demands $15 be paid so the Health Ministry can issue a chart of how to operate the business.

"In one incident, this impersonator informed the restaurant owner that a spot fine of $500 will be issued for leaving plates and cups on a table that was left behind by a customer.

"The impersonator also demanded for $10 under the pretext that he would bring a rodent control pack and that he had to rush off to assist his colleague as hot water was thrown onto her by a restaurant owner."

Ms Mani said business operators must check valid photo identification from persons claiming to be health inspectors and urged that people contact the police or Health Ministry if businesses encounter such people.

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