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A woman holds scissors and cuts her hair in her hands.
Don’t be in a hurry: fake ads are currently circulating on social media platforms promising money in exchange for a hair donation. © Christin Klose/dpa-tmn

Currently up to 2000 euros for hair donations are promised in job advertisements on social media platforms. What’s behind?

Vienna/Berlin: attract and collect? If money for a hair donation is promised in job ads on social media platforms like Facebook, it’s most likely fake. The consumer protection portal “Watchlist Internet” warns that anyone who agrees to this could lose her hair without ever receiving the promised amount.

The fake offers are currently up to 2000 euros for “broken hair or healthy hair”: this is needed to make wigs for people with cancer, according to an advertisement.

In the end without money and without hair

The following is a request to contact us via private message to take further action. Users were then given instructions on how to cut their hair. But then no one collects their hair, nor does the promised money flow. Instead, those affected who ask would be blocked.

“Watchlist Internet” advises anyone who has fallen for such fraudulent advertisements to report it to the police. Hair donations are usually free. If you really want to donate, you can find good contacts in hairdressing salons. These often work together with the corresponding institutions. dpa

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