Con Artist Contacting Texas Salons and Shops

AUSTIN, November 20, 2013 - Quick action by a cosmetology license holder alerted the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation of a scam that could cost cosmetology salon and barber shop owners $200 or more.

The con artist calls salons and shops claiming to work for a fictitious state agency called the Texas Department of Compliance and Safety. The fast-thinking salon owner took down the caller’s phone number and quickly called TDLR’s Customer Service to report the scam.

The department is issuing this release to remind licensees that a TDLR employee will never call demanding you purchase equipment not required by Texas law and rules, or insist you pay a fee not required by law. TDLR inspectors ensure that your fees are paid and the required equipment is in place and in working order during the state required inspections. TDLR inspectors never collect fees or violation penalties during the inspection.

TDLR urges licensees to call the Customer Service division at 1-800-803-9202 if you receive a suspicious phone call claiming to be from a TDLR employee. Also TDLR employees who visit your salon or shop will identify themselves by showing their department badge and provide their business card.

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