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Police warn bar owners about liquor license scam

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 8:03 PM
Last updated 11:45 PM
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The Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office is advising bar and restaurant owners to proceed with caution if they receive calls regarding their liquor permit.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, several local owners have contacted the department over the past several days to complain about receiving calls from an unknown person warning that their liquor permit fees have not been cleared for 2014.

If the owners refused to pay their fees over the phone via credit card, the person warned they would be shut down within hours by the sheriff’s office; the Bur­eau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire­arms and Explosives; or the Geor­gia De­partment of Revenue.

Police say the person is attempting to obtain information for “illegal purposes.”

Lt. Lewis Blanchard said none of the agencies would make such calls or collect fees via credit card over the phone.

Police say if owners get such calls, they should ask for the name of the officer or agent, then call back at the number on the agency’s Web site.

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bubbasauce 01/05/14 - 04:15 am
Always some leeches out there

Always some leeches out there thinking of a new scam to take from the working class. What a shame.

soapy_725 01/05/14 - 07:00 am
Is Mrs. Allen moving her business to ARC?

Is Mrs. Allen moving her business to ARC?

gargoyle 01/05/14 - 11:44 am
personally I will not spend

personally I will not spend any money over the phone unless I called them . Its too easy to spoof caller ID and there is no way to tell who you are really talking to . No personal info over the phone has become the new norm at this house since there's no way to tell who your talking to and how they will use it .

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