Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices on speed dating services

7 Apr 2017

Hong Kong Customs today (April 7) arrested a male director of a speed dating company suspected of having applied a false trade description to the matching services supplied, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Customs earlier received information alleging that a speed dating company did not provide the refund for unused matching services as claimed in its contract with a customer. After investigation, Customs officers arrested a 33-year-old man today. Investigation is ongoing and the arrested person has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs reminded traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

Under the TDO, any trader who applies a false trade description to a service supplied to a consumer commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Friday, April 7, 2017

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