Smart money lost in salons2016.12.20
Many victims of beauty treatment scams are highly-educated, the Democratic Party (民主黨) found.
The party set up a hotline on unfair trade practices in the sale of beauty services and products in May and has since received more than 140 complaints.
The data showed nearly three in five women bilked out of thousands of dollars received post-secondary education or above. The amount involved in each case ranged from HK$3,000 to HK$500,000.
Among the 23 female victims this month, 59 percent received a post-secondary education or above. Two have even completed postgraduate studies, with one PhD student falling prey to a HK$60,000 scam.
A social worker, Miss Lo, 27, who earns about HK$20,000 a month, said she has been persuaded to pay for the services of a beauty salon in Mong Kok every two months for the past two years, which cost her more than HK$400,000.
When she visited the salon last month, she was asked to pay HK$64,600 for a new round of hair removal services. She later checked the previous bills and realized she had bought the same services before.
Convenor of the party’s consumer protection group Ramon Yuen Hoi-man (袁海文) said educated people who are supposed to make better judgments also fall victim due to their lack of experience with the sales tactics.
Many of the cases involved first-time users lured by discounted price, he said.
Yuen advised people not to bring credit cards to salons and make sure there is a “cooling-off” period before signing any contracts.
(The Standard, 19 December)
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