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.