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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:07 am | Updated: 10:18 am, Thu Apr 19, 2012.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has warned of a sophisticated scam aimed at stealing personal information from business owners.

OLCC says it has been informed that someone with a very sophisticated calling system has phoned some businesses with liquor licenses asking them to pay for in-store signage by providing checking account and routing numbers.

The scam uses computer prompts when business owners answer the phone asking if they need to update their OLCC posters. Then, a real person comes on the line to ask the business owner for their checking account and bank routing numbers to complete the process.

OLCC has stressed that it does not charge businesses for signs and publications and that anyone claiming they are from the OLCC and asking for checking account or routing numbers is operating a scam.

OLCC signs and posters are available at http://oregon.gov/OLCC/publications.shtml and can be printed for at no charge.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the OLCC's Government Affairs and Communications Division at 503-872-5002.

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