Texas Fraud Alert

The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) recently alerted cosmetology professionals about a solicitation letter from a company calling itself “Professional Certification Service” regarding payment for so-called “professional certification renewal”.  TDLR issued a fraud alert warning to licensed cosmetologists, that despite what the letter is suggesting, the solicitation has no official relationship to TDLR or licensing in Texas.

The company behind the letter also fraudulently used the NCA/National Cosmetology Association name and trademarks without authorization – falsely suggesting that the mailing was authorized by the NCA. The letter falsely suggests that recipients must send money in order to renew their Texas cosmetology licenses.

“The solicitation letter was very official looking” said Sam Leyvas, PBA-NCA’s director of government affairs. “But, this company has absolutely no relationship to NCA and used our name in an attempt to defraud the public.”  

The PBA-NCA sent an industry-wide alert warning of the scam. They also worked with their attorneys to issue a “cease-and-desist” letter to the company demanding that they stop sending misleading letters and stop using the NCA name. Additionally, PBA-NCA contacted the U.S. postal authorities asking them to investigate.

Despite the quick action of the PBA-NCA and TDLR, many cosmetology professionals in Texas have fallen prey to the deception. In recent days, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service seized control of the postal box used to collect incoming payments and is investigating the company. According to U.S. postal inspectors, fraud and financial schemes victimize millions yearly. If you ever suspect potential mail fraud, you can file a complaint at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

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