Police warn of liquor licence renewal scam

1522115263Johannesburg – Police in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday warned liquor store owners about a new scam involving liquor licence renewals.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the warning followed after a Ladysmith liquor outlet owner brought an incident to the attention of the police.

According to Zwane, the owner of the liquor outlet received an SMS requesting that he make a deposit of R250 for the renewal of the liquor licence.

Zwane said after verifying with the National Liquor Board, the owner discovered that the bank details provided in the SMS were not that of the Liquor Authority.

“For your own safety police advise anyone receiving such SMSs must first verify the bank details before handing over any money,” Zwane said.

 He said liquor store owners should also ensure that they contact the Liquor Authority in order to verify the contents of the SMS.
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