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State Board of Cosmetology

The State Board of Cosmetology regulates the practice and licensure of estheticians; nail technicians; cosmetologists and teachers of cosmetology; and cosmetology salons and schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board promulgates and enforces regulations for the examination and licensure of applicants to practice or teach cosmetology and to manage schools of cosmetology.

The Board also issues apprentice permits in appropriate circumstances as well as licenses to perform nail technology only, natural hair braiding only or practice esthetics only. The Board prescribes disinfection standards to be followed to prevent the creation or spread of infectious diseases.

SUBJECT: SCAM ALERT—BEI will not call you asking for credit card info

The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs received a report that a person pretending to be an inspector from BEI (Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation) is calling nail salons about inspections.  The scammer asks for a $3.00 credit card payment to proceed with the inspection and threatens a $1,500 fine if the fee is not paid immediately. This is a scam!
Licensees for all types of salons are urged to consider the following:
·         The Department of State/BEI will not contact you by telephone requesting credit card information. 
·         The Department of State/BEI does not charge for routine inspections of existing salons.
·         Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
·         If you get a call from someone asking for your credit card information, hang up and call your local police department.
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.