Texas alcohol regulators warn against extortion scam

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas beverage regulators have warned businesses that sell alcohol to beware of an extortion scam.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Monday announced retailers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been targeted since October.

U.S. Postal Service inspectors are also helping investigate the scheme reported by several retailers licensed by the TABC.

Some businesses received letters claiming a third-party observer witnessed violations of Texas alcohol laws at the establishments. The letters threatened to report violations to the TABC unless the owner agreed to pay $500 via a cash card.

Commission officials say the letters are not connected to the TABC. Anyone receiving such a threat should contact the Austin-based agency.

For more information visit TABC website here.

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s