Cafes and restaurants in Hackney are being warned to look out for bogus letters demanding £1000 ‘fines’ for claimed breaches of Health and Safety regulations. The letters, which are being sent out in the name of Hackney Council’s Public Affairs department, include a fake penalty notice and inspection report.
Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “Anyone who receives one of these fraudulent letters should contact the police immediately. Do not make a payment to them. It’s important that these con artists are caught before they succeed in taking money from anyone. Our Environmental Health and Trading Standards teams are working closely with the Police on this matter.”
The council is advising all business that is does not have a Department of Public Affairs and that its Environmental Health officers do not send out notices or inspection reports demanding financial payments from businesses.
In the event of any beach of Health and Safety or Food Hygiene legislation only the courts can decide if a fine was appropriate.
Anyone with information about this scam call the Police on 0300 1231212 or Environmental Health on 020 8356 4911.