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Scam alert: Impostors posing as inspectors are demanding cash from salon owners

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation reported there are impostors, acting as TDLR inspectors, demanding cash from salon owners.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation reported there are impostors, acting as TDLR inspectors, demanding cash from salon owners.

"They do seem to really target salons that are only Spanish speakers, or they are only Vietnamese speakers," said Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Public Information Officer Susan Stanford.

Incidents are reported to the department approximately every 18 months.

"Impostors are showing up at salons demanding cash for an alleged violation,” Stanford said. “It is important that a salon owners and the employees also know that TDLR inspector will never demand cash for anything."

Stanford said it is difficult to catch the fake inspectors because, in many cases, the victims do not call the agency when it happens.

Spago Spa and Salon owners, Cynthia and Derek Maxwell, have not dealt with the impersonators, but are well acquainted with licensed TDLR inspector's duties.

A TDLR inspector is supposed to ask for the manager upon arrival, introduce themselves and show their identification badge, and should provide a business card to the manager or business owners before departing.

"It's not right by any means to take advantage of people,” Maxwell said. “This is their livelihood; this is what they do to support their families, and I think coming in and claiming to be something that they're not it's not right."

Anyone who encounters a fake inspector should contact authorities first, and then call TDLR to file a report.

Only one person has been arrested for acting as an inspector, but Stanford said there are more out there.

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