Liquor License SMS Scam

23 August 2016
A report was received from LEDET officials at the Sekhukhune District related to a fraudulent SMS issued to liquor license holders in the Limpopo Province. The fraudulent SMS has been requesting payments for liquor license renewal fees at an admin fee of R250-00 to be made to an FNB account.

This so called ‘reminder’ to pay renewal fees is obviously not in line with the liquor legislation processes. The fraudulent message talks about an admin fee and LEDET does not charge any admin fee for liquor license renewals. License holders pay for their liquor license fees only annually and liquor license fees differ with respect to the type of licenses that are being issued.

According to the SMS, payment is due on the 1st of September 2016, but according to LEDET processes liquor licenses are only renewed from the 1st of November until February where January and February attracts penalties of 50% and 100% respectively. The fraudsters provided an account number, however any payments for liquor licenses are made to the departmental revenue offices of Economic Development and Environment (LEDET) in the Province.

LEDET would like to take this opportunity to inform the public of the procedure that is followed when a liquor license is renewed. Officials will print the Renewal Notices (Form 22) in the month of October to ensure that they are at the Revenue Offices by November where liquor license holders can make their payments. No renewal of liquor licenses can be made without the Form 22.

The department has already reported the case to the police and the Special Investigation Unit who are busy with their investigations. The department has faith in the law and trusts that arrests will be made soon to protect entrepreneurs in the liquor trade industry from being robbed of their hard earned livelihood.

The fraudulent message issued to liquor license holders in the Limpopo Province is as follows: -

“PAYMENT REMINDER:
Liquor License admin fee is outstanding with R250.00 for the year 2016.
Payment is due before 01 Sept 2016 to prevent penalties or suspension.
Payment or Deposit must be made to:
Liquor AST SA
Bank: FNB
Acc: 62632838671
Ref. License or Permit Number”

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