Health department warns of scam targeting restaurants

LEXINGTON, Ky. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is warning Central Kentucky food establishments of a recent scam targeting restaurants.

An unidentified person claiming to be an LFCHD employee recently called a Lexington restaurant and advised the manager to have employees go online to renew their food handler’s certifications.

An employee paid the requested $20 and received a fake permit. The Lexington Police Department has been notified of the scam.

“The address given was very similar to the official health department website, which does offer online certification," said Jessica Cobb, Environmental Health manager at Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. “If anyone receives a similar phone call, please contact the health department to verify the information and report any fraudulent calls to the police department.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Environmental Health office can be reached at 859-231-9791. The health department’s website is

All health inspectors in Kentucky are required to carry proper photo identification signifying their relationship with federal, state or local health agencies; these establishments are encouraged to ask for proper identification from anyone representing themselves as a health inspector. If any lingering doubt exists about the legitimacy of a call or food inspector, facilities are advised to call their local health department.

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