Maine warns barber and beauty shops of scam

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine officials are warning of an apparent scam that’s been targeting barber shops, manicurists and cosmetology businesses.

The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation issued an alert Thursday saying that businesses in York and Aroostook counties have been contacted by somebody asking for personal information about their employees. The caller claims the questions are part of an investigation being done by the state, and that fines could be assessed if the businesses don’t comply.

Commissioner Anne Head said the department is not calling those businesses, and that anyone who receives such a call should report it to her department’s licensing office.

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