Email Warns of Hidden Camera in Tanning Salons

Status: Hoax
A small British newspaper reports that tanning salons in New Eltham (which, I guess, is a suburb of London) are being targeted by a hoax email warning that hidden cameras are snapping photos of women as they tan. The email is accompanied by "dozens of revealing pictures of naked women using tanning beds, who are obviously unaware they are being photographed." (Two of the pictures are below.) The article continues:

Angry women who use tanning beds are circulating the pictures to each other, believing them to be genuine and warning their friends and family not to use the salon.

Apparently the candid pictures actually show a tanning salon in California. The article doesn't state if the photos were taken by an actual hidden camera, or if they were staged. But I'm sure that this hoax must be popping up in more places than just New Eltham (especially if it started in California).

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Email Hoaxes Photos

Posted on Wed Nov 30, 2005


Um, dude, when I click on the pictures, nothing happens. No enlarged image pops up.

Can you please fix this ASAP?

Thank you.
Posted by Craig  on  Wed Nov 30, 2005  at  09:59 PM
Sorry, no bigger images. I got the pictures from the article, and that's all they had. I've never received a copy of the email itself.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Nov 30, 2005  at  10:40 PM
Angry women who use tanning beds...

Now there's a great band name.
Posted by Snowy  on  Wed Nov 30, 2005  at  11:01 PM
Yikes! It looks like the manager of that salon uses her own products a bit too often. She's not tanned, she's barbecued.

It does sound like somebody has a grudge against tanning salons in that area. I'm surprised that what the e-mail sender is doing isn't illegal in some way.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Nov 30, 2005  at  11:04 PM
That manager really does tan too much, which is made all the more amusing by the fact that her last name is "White."
Posted by Liz  on  Thu Dec 01, 2005  at  04:09 AM
go to or or and click on "suntan tv" on the left.
Recognise the tanning studio?
Posted by Beasjt  on  Thu Dec 01, 2005  at  10:38 AM
Best excuse I've heard lately for circulating "dozens of revealing pictures of naked women ..."

My e-mail is never that exciting.
Posted by Big Gary in Terlingua, Texas  on  Thu Dec 01, 2005  at  04:25 PM
I wonder if this e-mail was originally sent out specifically to customers of these salons, or if whoever started the whole thing just e-mailed people at random hoping that eventually it would be forwarded to customers?
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu Dec 01, 2005  at  06:37 PM
I have been to the Sollarium shown in these photos. It is not in Calafornia, but in Eastern-Europe.
Posted by Deepee  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  09:39 AM
For those of us "Craig", who need images to be enlarged, merely hang a quality magnifying glass of fairly large diameter on the side of the monitor ready for instant I do. And if you have a top line screen the pixels are hardly noticeable.
Posted by Sir Trev  on  Fri Dec 02, 2005  at  05:38 PM
sent me pics
Posted by teena  on  Tue Jul 25, 2006  at  01:04 PM
That is just so awful. Makes me don't want to go to tanning salons anymore but rather do some tanning at home.
Posted by Jenna  on  Thu May 17, 2007  at  09:27 PM
Posted by bababarfe  on  Thu Jan 14, 2010  at  08:47 AM
Thanks a lot for sharing!! Girls must be careful and double check for the cams!!
Posted by rorac  on  Sun Feb 14, 2010  at  07:42 AM
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