New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2017

James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Consumer Protection Bureau
(603) 271-0302
Kathryn Wantuck
Director, New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology & Esthetics
(603) 271-5247

Scam Alert - New Hampshire Nail Salons the Targets of a Phone Scam

Deputy Attorney General Ann M. Rice and Peter Danles, Executive Director of the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, have issued a scam alert to all owners of manicuring or nail salons about a phone scam that is currently underway targeting them. The scam caller falsely claims that the call originates from the Cosmetology Board and asks for credit card information in order to perform a mandated inspection.

The Cosmetology Board does not charge a fee or require credit card information to perform an inspection. Any salon owner receiving one of these calls is encouraged to call the Cosmetology Board before providing any payment information.

All consumers are warned never to give out personal, banking or credit card information without sure and definite verification that the person receiving that information is legitimate. Always be highly suspicious of unsolicited calls asking for personal information or for money in any form. Never send money or provide credit card information to unknown persons. When in doubt, consult with a trusted relative or friend before sending any money.

Anyone in New Hampshire with consumer related concerns or complaints can call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau hotline at 1-888-468-4454. Consumers can file a complaint at or by visiting our Facebook page – New Hampshire Attorney General Consumer Protection Bureau.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658