Dozens of women have fallen prey to some beauty salons and ended up paying large amounts of money for treatment sessions, according to the Democratic Party.
Yuen Hoi-man, the party’s consumer rights deputy spokesman, said a total of 42 women, aged 26 to 47, have sought help in the past six months after they paid a combined HK$2.1 million for the treatments, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Each session costs between HK$6,000 and HK$250,000.
Yuen said most of the victims were tricked by men they met online before they realized that the men were colluding with the beauty salons.
The men targeted single women randomly, pretending to be interested in making friends with them.
After the women fell for them, they were asked to meet, only to be coaxed into going to beauty salons.
At the salons, staff and managers would praise the men for being “considerate”, then they would talk the women into buying their beauty treatments, according to Sing Tao Daily.
In some cases, some of the women were brought into a room for some sales talk.
There were about seven “considerate men” working online looking for potential targets, news website hk01.com said.
Yuen said the men changed their online aliases from time to time, leading to some women being duped by the same man.
He said the hard-sell tactics are in violation of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance and constitute fraud.
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