First aid scam targeting retailers
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Feb 26, 2007  |  Vote 0    0

First aid scam targeting retailers

Stratford Gazette

The Perth District Health Unit is warning of a telephone scam targeting Perth County workplaces and retailers, including salons, states a press release.

The scam involves a telephone call from a person from a fictitious company stating that there is a new government health law requiring that workplaces must have a first-aid kit.

The caller then offers to sell a first-aid kit and sometimes warns that if the person does not purchase one, they may be closed down for not having a first-aid kit.

In some cases, the caller has stated that they either represent the Perth District Health Unit or that a public health inspector will be checking to see if they have a first-aid kid.

The Health Unit has received four reports from local retailers advising of the scam.

"We would like retailers to know that the scam is just that, a scam," said Donna Taylor, director of health protection, in the press release.

"The caller does not represent the Perth District Health Unit and we do not have a program to inspect for first-aid kits."

Retailers and workplaces who receive a similar phone call are being asked to report the call to Phone Busters, toll-free, at 1-888-495-8501.

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