A lonely Chinese woman has spent more than 160,000 yuan ($25,000) on breast-enhancement pills and other health products over a six month period after being exploited by a telemarketer.
According to Sina, the retired teacher identified only by the surname Wang has lived alone in the city of Hanzhong, Shaanxi province. Wang bought the products after becoming friendly with a telephone marketer.
Wang’s 15-square-meter apartment is now full with a huge pile of health products, the majority of which remain unopened. Her daughter, surnamed Feng, recently discovered that Wang had been borrowing money from relatives in order to bankroll her purchases.
“She receives her retirement income and normally we give her some money, but I had no idea she why she needed money from our relatives,” said Feng. “We’ve confiscated 8 mobile phones from her in order to stop her from buying these health products.”
The incident has prompted her daughter to make an official complaint with the city’s Consumer Complaints Center. Cang Hongjie, director of the complaints center, said Wang had started to buy the health products after reading a magazine advertisement.
The marketing company responsible for selling the products had reportedly used flattery and promises of small favors to encourage Wang to buy the products, Cang said.
Since the company only sold the goods, and relied on another company to distribute the products, it would be difficult to investigate the matter further, Cang said.