A Northampton licensee is threatening to take legal action against a US-based company that is running an "adopt-a-pub" scam on the internet. The scam allows internet users to adopt an English pub for a payment of $29.95 and, in return, receive a £2 coupon for free beer at the pub. Around 130 pubs are listed on the website, www.sunriseag.net, which is run by a St Louis, Minnesota company. Richard Williams, proprietor of the Saracen's Head in Little Brington has threatened the legal action after the Morning Advertiser informed him that his pub was on the site. Williams said: "We know nothing about the website. There's no way we would offer someone free beer." The scam was unearthed by Surrey licensee Helen Burt of the Abinger Arms in Abinger Hammer. Burt was amazed when a group walked in, said they'd checked the pub through the "adoption" website, and wanted their free beer. She said: "They were quite welcome, but they expected free beer and red carpet treatment. We certainly weren't going to give anything away." Burt said she knew nothing about the website, and had phoned other licensees, who were equally incredulous that their pubs were also included. The website owner has claimed that the site makes itclear that the beer token given to people is a £2 coin and "free beer" is only available up to the value of £2.