Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) The National Immigration Agency (NIA) slapped fines of between NT$35,000 (US$1,133) and NT$300,000 Friday on violators of a law that bans advertisements for transnational marriage matchmaking services.
The ban is clearly stated in the Immigration Act, the NIA underlined in a statement released that day.
It said people have been complaining to the agency that they have been conned out of money by the people running transactional marriage match ads on social media and television.
The victims claimed that such ads often feature photos of pretty women, but after contacting the advertisers to purchase a date, the appearance of the women who showed up were very different from the ones in the photo.
After combing through the Internet, the agency found 17 cases of irregularities involving ads for transnational marriage matchmaking services over the past few months, the NIA said, noting that because of this evidence, its transnational marriage matchmaking management panel recently opened a review meeting on the violations.
In the meeting, the 11-member panel decided to punish the violators in the 17 cases, which include 14 ads on Facebook, two streetside billboards, and one TV ad, the NIA said.
An investigation is also underway to determine if any of the advertisers have committed fraud, it added.