Is the infamous United Micro Systems back in business under
a new name in a new city? The answer is yes according to two
guests on consumer advocate Spencer Kobren's Radio Show "The
of the guests on a recent show claimed that he was attracted
by the sales pitch of Euro Development Corporation in which
they purported to be able to add hair to your head by "inducing"
new hair into the scalp without surgery. No mention was made
of the "Laserstrand Technology" being a simple and
standard glue on hair piece. He reportedly
paid $2600 and was told the procedure was permanent.
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to the guest he was impressed by the offices of Euro Development
Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. The large and professional
location in a medical building convinced him that this was
in fact a new technology and he reportedly was placed under
some laser type apparatus.
wish to warn consumers that there is no permanent non-surgical
means of attaching additional hair to your head. All non-surgical
systems have to be attached to the scalp in some way and the
only semi-permanent means for doing it is by gluing it onto
the scalp. Any consumers who are told that the technology
is not a hair piece or system are being lied to. Dont be impressed
by terms like Latest European or laser technology.
Micro Systems of Vorhees, NJ were accused
by New Jersey regulators of charging consumers as much as
$8,500 for what was promoted as a "permanent" hair replacement
process that involved nothing more than gluing toupees to
the clients' scalps.
State's complaint alleged that UMS repeatedly made false and
misleading claims in Internet advertisements and in national
magazines about the "Dermal Retention" system in an effort
to con balding men and women into spending thousands of dollars
on its services. The complaint also alleged UMS charged victims
across the country and in Canada anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000
to undergo an alleged "permanent" hair replacement process
that involved gluing toupees to clients' scalps.
State's complaint against UMS also alleged that the company:
misrepresented that Dermal Retention is permanent and that
it would create an individual hair effect;
consumers that the hair replacement process would create
a natural effect including an undetectable hairline;
false and misleading before-and-after photographs in its
promotional and informational materials to prove to consumers
the success of Dermal Retention.
consumers that Dermal Retention was backed up by a warranty
and satisfaction guarantee.
State's suit sought to revoke UMS' corporate charter in New
Jersey and to have it and the other defendants pay restitution
to affected consumers as well as civil penalties. To
settle the case the company agreed to pay almost $300,000.