TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Two ladies posed as Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The imposters stopped at the Dairy King on Alexis Rd. Wednesday and tried to pull off a scam.
The OSHA said people posing as representatives from their office are something they have been seeing a lot of lately.
"So from the first second, I thought something is not right. Usually when you're dealing with authorities, the first thing they do is show identification. I never had that option with these people," said Carl Nida, owner of Nida's Dairy King.
Two ladies dressed in business suits showed up claiming to be from OSHA. The ladies wanted to see his compliance signs.
"They came back and looked at my signs, and said, those are out of date. You're missing two or three articles on there that has to be there. Currently we can charge you $5,000 a day in fines," said Nida.
The ladies then gave Nida a fake card that had information for him to purchase new signs for $259 on the web. Representatives from OSHA say the ladies story was full of red flags.
OSHA said officers always provide identification and they never ask for money. The signs that OSHA requires business owners to display are available for free on the web.
After the suspects left, Nida called the OSHA and the police. Nida did not purchase anything from the scammers but the two ladies stole his wallet when Nida was not looking.
"It's a heart breaker because next time around you won't be trusting people as much as you used to. And from here on out I'm going to need to see identification, and I'll be a little bit colder," said Nida.
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