If there is no termination or 'get out' clause, would that constitute an unfair contract?
In any case, this is going to CASE, so lets see what CASE comes up with.
This one is a true scam happened many years ago. I used to have a retail shop in town and one day an ang mo (Italian) "pilot" came in before the opening time and told me a grandfather story about needing some urgent monies and shown me some 1st class European wool materials and claimed that they are worth more than $200 per small bale. He was "kind and trustful" enough to leave the 4 bales with me and asked me to check with the tailor shop for it true value. Ya, the tailor confirmed that it was an expensive stuff and cost more than that.
The following morning he came to collect them but told me that since I was so nice to help him he would offer to sell to me at $50 per bale. And he said he had another 12 bales (which i checked and seemed to be the same stuff as the 4 bales with me) and together and he would just collect $800 cash from me instead of $4k. As usual out of greed, i went into my pte room to take out the money from my safe and came out within a few mins.
He left happily and I was so glad to have a great deal too. Over the weekend went to my tailor and was shock to be told that the materials were actually cheap stuff, very low quality
Up till today I never found out how he managed to change the stuff in a couple of minutes!
always the Light, .... always.
he will just be sucked deeper and deeper if he pay this 4.5k. pls go to HWZ travel forum to find out more, many victims are sharing their experience there and maybe your brother could find some solution to cut the loss.