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    • divadee
    • By divadee 28th Mar 06, 12:42 PM
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    divadee
    Competition Scams - Please Post Them Here
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    • 28th Mar 06, 12:42 PM
    Competition Scams - Please Post Them Here 28th Mar 06 at 12:42 PM
    Unfortunately there are a lot of scam competitions about these days, one of the top ones being you have won a holiday and pay this admin fee to get it. 99.9% of the time you pay your money and never get your holiday.

    Due to popular demand This thread has been created so all scams can be posted here, so hopefully no MSE'rs will get caught out and lose any money!!

    One word of warning for you all. If you win a competition you should never have to pay for anything to get the prize ie. admin fee etc.....



    This thread is only for competition scams. Any other warnings or rip offs should be placed here
    Last edited by divadee; 28-03-2006 at 12:47 PM.
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    • createbeauty
    • By createbeauty 16th Nov 12, 2:01 PM
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    createbeauty
    I have had these calls from Optical Express and when I said I was not interested I felt like the caller was trying to bully me! The caller kept huffing at me asking why I did not want to be entered into a competition to win free eye surgery and was not satisfied when I told them I just DID NOT WANT IT!

    And I get several texts a month from Optical Express telling me I can text STOP to stop receiving the texts... why do I need to use my credit up to stop spam?

    If anyone asks me about Optical Express I'll point them in the direction of this thread.
  • OpticalExpress representative
    I'm sorry but what aload of tosh, did you actually read my post , my friend is 'blind in one eye' and has been called a number of times over the past 12months no matter how many times she tells your people in the call centers she doesn't jolly well want stupid eye surgery they keep on calling back, is your company completely heartless phoning a person with blindness in one eye and going on about laser eye surgery ! , I know for a fact she didn't enter a competition for laser eye surgery ,why would she it would be of no use! unless optical express are going to put her a new eye in. i know for a fact i didn't either ( i have great eyesight) so why would i enter a competition for eye surgery , your dodgy company have got our details from another competitions we entered.
    sorry forum users i'm off topic, rant over.
    Originally posted by Juxxize
    Hi,

    Im sorry to hear about you and your friends experience. It is certainly not what we aspire to as one of the UKs leading opticians. If you can email me at customerfeedback@opticalexpress.com with both you and your friends details I will ensure that you are removed from any future communication from us.

    Thanks,

    Lynsey Shaw
    Optical Express - Head of Customer Care
    Official Company Representative
    I am the official company representative of Optical Express. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to queries about the company, so that I can help solve issues. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. I am not allowed to tout for business at all. If you believe I am please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com This does NOT imply any form of approval of my company or its products by MSE"
  • OpticalExpress representative
    I have had these calls from Optical Express and when I said I was not interested I felt like the caller was trying to bully me! The caller kept huffing at me asking why I did not want to be entered into a competition to win free eye surgery and was not satisfied when I told them I just DID NOT WANT IT!

    And I get several texts a month from Optical Express telling me I can text STOP to stop receiving the texts... why do I need to use my credit up to stop spam?

    If anyone asks me about Optical Express I'll point them in the direction of this thread.
    Originally posted by createbeauty
    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your comments and I am sorry to hear about your experience. As I have said above, if you or anyone within this thread is receiving calls or SMS and do not wish to receive them, please email me at customerfeedback@opticalexpress.com and we will remove you from our database.

    Thanks,

    Lynsey Shaw
    Optical Express - Head of Customer Care
    Official Company Representative
    I am the official company representative of Optical Express. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to queries about the company, so that I can help solve issues. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. I am not allowed to tout for business at all. If you believe I am please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com This does NOT imply any form of approval of my company or its products by MSE"
    • utopiandream
    • By utopiandream 18th Nov 12, 8:10 PM
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    utopiandream
    info on twitter scams http://www.lockergnome.com/social/2011/08/11/twitter-giveaway-contest-red-flags/
    write down & number competitions you do & youll see that your lucky if u win even 1 thing in 4000 ! ps if u find an error with a comp tell the site running the comp cheers
    • artydoll
    • By artydoll 26th Nov 12, 1:47 PM
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    artydoll
    Just had a phone call from a guy who said he was frpm Visa..... said I had won 200 for using my Visa card.
    He asked me to verify my address ,which I did,then wanted me to give him my 16 digit card number,I said no ,he said he wanted to verify my number,he already had it,So I said give me the first 4 digits,which he did ,they were wrong
    at this time I told him I wasnt interested and hung up
    He phoned back and still asked to verify the card no,which I wouldnt do,I said if you already have my card no ,put the money into my account,he said he cant do that as he might be talking to the wrong person,I put the phone down at this point.
    He sounded so positive and thought i was going to give out my card no to him,kept saying he was legit
    Now I did give my address to him,is this ok?
    • claireyx
    • By claireyx 29th Nov 12, 11:56 AM
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    claireyx
    Watch out for candy store bingo on fb, ran an ipad comp, said would be given to most active user when get 1000 likes - instead went to a woman who only joined fb after comp was announced, and only has 7 friends, one of whom is the boss at Candy Store Bingo !!! Now are saying they made some mistakes and have blocked me from posting on their fb page as i pointed out it was a scam.

    Funnily enough, the woman who won posted the comp on here! And joined and posted it in the same day. What a coincidence!
    2013 wins
    120, FIORELLI handbag, 100 Love2Shop vouchers, 90 make up bundle, Ipad Mini, beauty products x4, necklace, false eyelashes

    "In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet" - Albert Schweitzer
    • claireyx
    • By claireyx 29th Nov 12, 11:57 AM
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    claireyx
    And i stupidly got a lot of my friends on fb to like the page to help me, put a lot of effort in and got them over 150 likes. So if you liked it as a favour to me, i'm sorry!
    2013 wins
    120, FIORELLI handbag, 100 Love2Shop vouchers, 90 make up bundle, Ipad Mini, beauty products x4, necklace, false eyelashes

    "In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet" - Albert Schweitzer
    • createbeauty
    • By createbeauty 29th Nov 12, 12:02 PM
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    createbeauty
    I didn't know it was the boss of the store who won! I know it definitely should've been you, hon!
    I saw the post they made earlier about stopping all competitions until they get professional advice.
    • claireyx
    • By claireyx 29th Nov 12, 12:37 PM
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    claireyx
    Well its 'julie cook' - but the fact she only joined fb just after the comp was announced and one of her 7 fb friends is the boss at candy store bingo makes me v suspicious!

    I love all this 'we are getting professional advice'
    'We are looking into how we run our competitions' - LOL Just don't scam people! I think they should get me an ipad just to say sorry haha
    2013 wins
    120, FIORELLI handbag, 100 Love2Shop vouchers, 90 make up bundle, Ipad Mini, beauty products x4, necklace, false eyelashes

    "In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet" - Albert Schweitzer
    • createbeauty
    • By createbeauty 29th Nov 12, 12:59 PM
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    createbeauty
    Well its 'julie cook' - but the fact she only joined fb just after the comp was announced and one of her 7 fb friends is the boss at candy store bingo makes me v suspicious!

    I love all this 'we are getting professional advice'
    'We are looking into how we run our competitions' - LOL Just don't scam people! I think they should get me an ipad just to say sorry haha
    Originally posted by claireyx
    Even if you did win, there was no guarantee the iPad would show up! lol
    • MsBooty
    • By MsBooty 30th Nov 12, 12:16 PM
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    MsBooty
    Watch out for candy store bingo on fb, ran an ipad comp, said would be given to most active user when get 1000 likes - instead went to a woman who only joined fb after comp was announced, and only has 7 friends, one of whom is the boss at Candy Store Bingo !!! Now are saying they made some mistakes and have blocked me from posting on their fb page as i pointed out it was a scam.

    Funnily enough, the woman who won posted the comp on here! And joined and posted it in the same day. What a coincidence!
    Originally posted by claireyx
    Does anyone have the link to their FB - as I will dislike if I have liked. I found their website but when you click on their Facebook link it just takes you to your own Facebook, so maybe they have left facebook
    • claireyx
    • By claireyx 30th Nov 12, 12:23 PM
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    claireyx
    Does anyone have the link to their FB - as I will dislike if I have liked. I found their website but when you click on their Facebook link it just takes you to your own Facebook, so maybe they have left facebook
    Originally posted by MsBooty
    yes looks like they have deleted the fb following me reporting them.
    2013 wins
    120, FIORELLI handbag, 100 Love2Shop vouchers, 90 make up bundle, Ipad Mini, beauty products x4, necklace, false eyelashes

    "In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet" - Albert Schweitzer
  • Druzylu
    Won year's free electricity from Scottish Power - scam?
    I am not sure whether this is the appropriate board to post this, so please forgive me if it isn't.

    I just got a call saying I had won a year's free electricity from Scottish Power, from a competition I apparently entered a while ago. I can't remember having entered this, but hey, who knows - I have entered a few competitions online before. They don't seem to want any details from me other than my current provider and price plan. I don't want to give them any details if it is a scam, but also don't want to pass up on free electricity if it is legit! I've asked the guy to call me back at 2pm tomorrow. Has anyone had any similar calls, or been lucky enough to have actually, legitimately won such a competition?
    • mije1983
    • By mije1983 11th Dec 12, 9:39 PM
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    mije1983
    I am not sure whether this is the appropriate board to post this, so please forgive me if it isn't.

    I just got a call saying I had won a year's free electricity from Scottish Power, from a competition I apparently entered a while ago. I can't remember having entered this, but hey, who knows - I have entered a few competitions online before. They don't seem to want any details from me other than my current provider and price plan. I don't want to give them any details if it is a scam, but also don't want to pass up on free electricity if it is legit! I've asked the guy to call me back at 2pm tomorrow. Has anyone had any similar calls, or been lucky enough to have actually, legitimately won such a competition?
    Originally posted by Druzylu
    Maybe worth sending a PM to the Scottish Power rep on here to see if they can confirm either way.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/member.php?u=773243

  • scottishpower company representative
    Druzylu please e-mail details to onlinecomplaints@scottishpower.com It sounds like a call from one of our sales teams. Will check about the competition. Thanks David
    Official Company Representative
    I am the official company representative of Scottish Power. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to queries about the company, so that I can help solve issues. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. I am not allowed to tout for business at all. If you believe I am please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com This does NOT imply any form of approval of my company or its products by MSE"
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 12th Dec 12, 12:21 PM
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    mjm3346
    Nothing to add, just want to get the user name above off the index to see if it stops the whole page being squashed up.
    • NeilSt
    • By NeilSt 31st Dec 12, 3:20 AM
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    NeilSt
    a site called UKprize.co.uk ??? what's that all about??
    • lilias
    • By lilias 31st Dec 12, 8:30 AM
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    lilias
    a site called UKprize.co.uk ??? what's that all about??
    Originally posted by NeilSt

    "Ukprize.co.uk collects demographic (information about you, such as name, age and address), lifestyle (information about your interests and purchasing habits) and answers to specific questions asked by ukprize.co.uk, its clients or sponsors. This data is used by ukprize.co.uk and carefully selected third parties to send you by, email, SMS, voice, post or other appropriate means, communications about their products or services."

    "The data we collect using your browsing pattern may be sold (or otherwise passed on) to our clients and carefully selected third parties. "
    • NeilSt
    • By NeilSt 2nd Jan 13, 3:35 AM
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    NeilSt
    "Ukprize.co.uk collects demographic (information about you, such as name, age and address), lifestyle (information about your interests and purchasing habits) and answers to specific questions asked by ukprize.co.uk, its clients or sponsors. This data is used by ukprize.co.uk and carefully selected third parties to send you by, email, SMS, voice, post or other appropriate means, communications about their products or services."

    "The data we collect using your browsing pattern may be sold (or otherwise passed on) to our clients and carefully selected third parties. "
    Originally posted by lilias
    so it's a marketing company or like myoffers.co.uk?

    Hmmmm
    • NeilSt
    • By NeilSt 2nd Jan 13, 3:36 AM
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    NeilSt
    "Ukprize.co.uk collects demographic (information about you, such as name, age and address), lifestyle (information about your interests and purchasing habits) and answers to specific questions asked by ukprize.co.uk, its clients or sponsors. This data is used by ukprize.co.uk and carefully selected third parties to send you by, email, SMS, voice, post or other appropriate means, communications about their products or services."

    "The data we collect using your browsing pattern may be sold (or otherwise passed on) to our clients and carefully selected third parties. "
    Originally posted by lilias
    i thought I might have been phished
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