On Your Side: Bars, restaurants warned about liquor permit scam

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Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Some local bar and restaurant owners claim someone has wrongly called to threaten their 2014 liquor permit asking for an immediate payment, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lt. Lewis Blanchard said various establishments with state liquor licenses are receiving calls stating their liquor permit fees have not cleared for 2014 and if they did not pay immediately over the phone via credit card that they would be shut down

The scammer said the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms or the Georgia Department of Revenue would arrive in a matter of hours if the payment wasn't given, according to the sheriff's office.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office nor the other state agencies would call or even collect fees via credit card over the phone.

If you receive calls such as this, the sheriff's office said to ask the name of the officer or agent and tell them you will call them back at the official agency number listed on their website.

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