4 | FEBRUARY 2018 | TEXAS STYLIST & SALON |WWW.TEXASSTYLIST.COM Scammers Stealing from Cosmetologists
TDLR received reports of a scammer mailing
fake TDLR letters to license holders. The scammer
is targeting people with previous TDLR violations
and will likely mention those violations. He may
also say he is from the “sheriff’s office” or “OSHA”
and may indicate he is trying to help the business
This sophisticated scam includes
falsely telling business owners their
license is suspended and instruct-
ing them to get a “Business Surety
Bond.”The scammer also demands
money or payment with Green Dot
It appears the scam primarily tar-
gets Vietnamese and Spanish speak-
ers by providing false TDLR phone
numbers for these languages.
Please see the attached example of one type
of scam letter we have seen recently.
• TDLR will never ask you to pay a penalty
or fine without first sending a Notice of Alleged
Violation to you by certified mail.
• TDLR employees will never request or ac-
cept money or gift cards under any circumstanc-
es while visiting your business.
• TDLR does not request or accept payments
via Green Dot MoneyPak cards.
If you receive a suspicious call or email like this,
please contact your local law enforcement agen-
cy immediately. Impersonating a public servant is
a third-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code.
Scams like this one can happen anywhere.
Please use the information above to identify any
suspicious or potentially illegal activity. Please
also call TDLR at 800-803-9202 to verify we did
not contact you.
TDLR Program News
Barber Advisory Board:
Linda G. Connor, Presiding Officer
Michelle Narlo, Jennifer Grisham,
Ronald Brown, James Bowens
Cosmetology Advisory Board:
Glenda Jemison, Presiding Officer
Aleshia Rivera, Ron Robinson,
Marisela Higgins, Vanessa Robbins, Claudia Avalos,
Natalie Caballero, Cora Lee Walters
(512) 463-6599 or 1-800-803-9202www.tdlr.texas.gov
P.O. Box 12157 Austin, Texas email@example.com
P.O. Box 12157 Austin, Texas firstname.lastname@example.org
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