NM Attorney General warns of restaurant scam

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - 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.

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