Two desperate schoolgirls were cheated out of $6,600 and a mobile phone by a man who told them he was an Education Department officer who could help them get Form Six places. The girls met the man at Lai King MTR station at midday after they failed to find a school in Tung Chau, Lantau, which would accept them and were on their way back to Tsuen Wan. While they were waiting for a train, they heard the man talking on a mobile phone saying he was an Education Department official who could help students find places. They started talking to him and he promised to get a school to take them, whatever score they had achieved in the exam. But as the 17-year-olds had scored only four and six points, they had only a slim chance of being offered places. They left the station and got into a taxi, which he told to drive around Tsing Yi and Kwai Chung. 'From time to time, the man used his mobile phone to pretend to talk to head teachers or principals,' Tsuen Wan divisional commander Superintendent Michael Parker said. He asked the girls which school they liked. They wanted to study in Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School in Tsuen Wan. The trio went to a restaurant next to the school and the man made a call pretending to talk to the principal. 'He said the school agreed to accept them, but they had to pay fees in advance for three months,' Inspector Tsang Moon-lung said. 'They each gave him $3,300, putting the money inside a white envelope, and the three then went to the school. 'At the main entrance, he asked the girls to go inside for registration and said he would go round to the rear door because it was an under-the-table deal.' The conman also claimed his phone's battery had run out and asked to borrow one of their phones. The conman was wearing golden-coloured glasses, a blue tie, blue short-sleeved shirt and dark trousers. He was about 1.75 metres tall.