Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested the manager of a beauty products company that is involved in selling fake products through the social-networking site called Mixi. The company has fraud a number of customers that are mainly women.
The authorities received a complaint on the company—Francesca Bianchi. The Tokyo police officers took the manager of beauty products company in their custody. The 40-year-old, Mayumi Okata, along with four other employees were apprehended by the authorities due to a business violation and reported fraudulent transactions. The suspects were involved in the violation of the special business transaction laws concerning false claims in the conditions of their contract.
The company is located in Minato Ward. According to reports, the people that were captured by the police have been able to coerce 400 women between the ages 22 to 35. The victims were persuaded to agree to contracts for beauty treatments and products worth 500 million yen. The value for both the services and products of each contract was between 100,000 and 2.5 million yen.
A group of three women that includes a 29-year-old female from Musashino City, filed a complaint with the authorities. They reported about being brought to Francesca Bianchi through Mixi. The victims were forced to sign contracts extending between November of 2011 and June of 2012. According to their report, the company told them that the regular price for 20 sessions is four million yen. However, they will be given discounts for consideration. They were told that they can get the offer for the same treatment for 1.5 million yen.
The women were attracted to the offer because they are fond of using beauty products, as well as having beauty enhancement treatments. On June 2012, the Tokyo Metropolitan government released a warning to women to be aware of this type of scam. The authorities also ordered the suspension of the Francesca Bianchi’s company operations.
Beauty shops in Japan
The locals and tourists visiting in Japan can find a lot of beauty shops. Tokyo has a lot of shops that offer merchandises for women who love to buy skin and hair care, as well as other types of beauty products.
For drugstore cosmetics, Matsumoto Kiyoshi is one of the recommended shops. Many beauty junkies take a trip to this drugstore because they offer a wide array of beauty products, interesting snacks, and even eye drops for tired eyes. People can find a lot of practical buys in the store. Matsumoto Kiyoshi has the biggest drugstore chains in Tokyo with a yellow and blue signboard.
For high-end cosmetics, Isetan Shinjuku is one of the top choices. It is the best place to purchase luxury cosmetics. Their beauty section spans over two storeys and they house both local and western big name brands.
To avoid getting involved in any scam, it is recommended that people buy from registered and legitimate stores. It is also a way to prevent in buying fake products that may harm the skin and may bring adverse effect to health.
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