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    • divadee
    • By divadee 28th Mar 06, 11:42 AM
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    divadee
    Competition Scams - Please Post Them Here
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    • 28th Mar 06, 11:42 AM
    Competition Scams - Please Post Them Here 28th Mar 06 at 11:42 AM
    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 11:47 AM.
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    • marialionza
    • By marialionza 6th Nov 12, 6:20 AM
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    marialionza
    My God ...you are so good ! I really feel protected by the lot of you Guardian Angels
    Thanks to those who help us to win !
  • WhiteRabbitDisco
    They might consider finding it before 8am as 'cheating'.

    However, I found last week's (the iPad Mini) and it was extremely difficult to see, in fact there was barely a difference between the edited image and the original - I had to look at them both in Photoshop to be sure.
    Which is why I was surprised that the 'winner' found it using their iPad. There is absolutely no way that someone could have seen that on an iPad screen (especially an iPad 1). I only just found it on a laptop screen and couldn't see it at all on my iPad 2.

    There has always been a slight doubt in the back of my mind about these competitions, even though I have stuck up for them when I believed someone was wrong about them, but last week's 'winner' was really the final nail in the coffin.

    EDIT// To prove my point, here's the image. The original is on the left and the edited (one with iPad Mini) is on the right. The iPad is in the teeth of the radish:
    And a zoomed in version:
    Originally posted by Kipepeo
    Yeah, that's the one I found. They didn't consider finding it before 8am cheating at all. This is the email responce I got from them:

    "11 people found it withing the first 5 seconds. Hannah who emailed it in a whole second before you.


    Below are the top 3 with times stamps:
    29 October 2012 08:01 Hannah Marsh

    29 October 2012 08:02 Thomas Ward

    29 October 2012 08:02 James Dean



    Very close James but better luck next time. We have been adding the prizes the night before but obviously you guys are finding them and emailing it in aas close to 8am as possible. We are now going to start adding the hidden prizes in the morning.


    Best regards"
    • Kipepeo
    • By Kipepeo 8th Nov 12, 10:01 AM
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    Kipepeo
    Yeah, that's the one I found. They didn't consider finding it before 8am cheating at all. This is the email responce I got from them:

    "11 people found it withing the first 5 seconds. Hannah who emailed it in a whole second before you.


    Below are the top 3 with times stamps:
    29 October 2012 08:01 Hannah Marsh

    29 October 2012 08:02 Thomas Ward

    29 October 2012 08:02 James Dean



    Very close James but better luck next time. We have been adding the prizes the night before but obviously you guys are finding them and emailing it in aas close to 8am as possible. We are now going to start adding the hidden prizes in the morning.


    Best regards"
    Originally posted by WhiteRabbitDisco
    Hmm, that's weird, as they've considered that cheating before. Someone on here e-mailed about 40 seconds after 8am and they were told they had cheated.
    Big thanks to everyone on the comps board
    • createbeauty
    • By createbeauty 8th Nov 12, 10:28 AM
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    createbeauty
    Sounds like it's all fixed up to me! I've been steering well clear of those comps.
  • something4nothing
    Hmm, that's weird, as they've considered that cheating before. Someone on here e-mailed about 40 seconds after 8am and they were told they had cheated.
    Originally posted by Kipepeo
    Someone on here cheated !
    • Comping Rich
    • By Comping Rich 11th Nov 12, 6:46 AM
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    Comping Rich
    They might consider finding it before 8am as 'cheating'.

    However, I found last week's (the iPad Mini) and it was extremely difficult to see, in fact there was barely a difference between the edited image and the original - I had to look at them both in Photoshop to be sure.
    Which is why I was surprised that the 'winner' found it using their iPad. There is absolutely no way that someone could have seen that on an iPad screen (especially an iPad 1). I only just found it on a laptop screen and couldn't see it at all on my iPad 2.

    There has always been a slight doubt in the back of my mind about these competitions, even though I have stuck up for them when I believed someone was wrong about them, but last week's 'winner' was really the final nail in the coffin.

    EDIT// To prove my point, here's the image. The original is on the left and the edited (one with iPad Mini) is on the right. The iPad is in the teeth of the radish:


    And a zoomed in version:
    Originally posted by Kipepeo
    Actually I found it on my iPad as well, I find it slightly easier to zoom in on an iPad.
    • Kipepeo
    • By Kipepeo 11th Nov 12, 9:52 AM
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    Kipepeo
    Actually I found it on my iPad as well, I find it slightly easier to zoom in on an iPad.
    Originally posted by Comping Rich
    How? Even zoomed in all the way you can't see an iPad, and the only difference between the two images is two pixels. Without comparing the images side by side on a PC, there's no way you could see the difference.
    Big thanks to everyone on the comps board
    • Ladychelington
    • By Ladychelington 12th Nov 12, 4:04 PM
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    Ladychelington
    Just a note to say if you enter a comp through Optical Express who offer a win free Laser eye Surgery you will get a lot of sales calls.
    I don't normally enter these but decided to do one just for fun..and lo and behold less than 5 minutes later a sales call from them.
    I was testing it out to maybe list the comp, but it seems just like an excuse to get your number and then badger you..
  • Juxxize
    Optical Express= avoid
    Just a note to say if you enter a comp through Optical Express who offer a win free Laser eye Surgery you will get a lot of sales calls.
    I don't normally enter these but decided to do one just for fun..and lo and behold less than 5 minutes later a sales call from them.
    I was testing it out to maybe list the comp, but it seems just like an excuse to get your number and then badger you..
    Originally posted by Ladychelington
    and a super amount of spam , we, my friend and I made the mistake too of entering another competition that must have sold our details to optical express we have been spam emailed to with-in an inch of our life by this so called reputable company and had endless phonecalls which have been very upsetting for my friend as she is blind in one eye and no matter how many times she tells them laser eye surgery would be of no help to her they keep on phoneing her. Needless to say they don't listen to me when i tell them i have 20 /20 vision and don't need laser eye surgery either.
  • OpticalExpress representative
    Just a note to say if you enter a comp through Optical Express who offer a win free Laser eye Surgery you will get a lot of sales calls.
    I don't normally enter these but decided to do one just for fun..and lo and behold less than 5 minutes later a sales call from them.
    I was testing it out to maybe list the comp, but it seems just like an excuse to get your number and then badger you..
    Originally posted by Ladychelington
    Hi Ladychelington,

    Thank you for sharing your feedback.

    We like to call people soon after they have entered our competition or provided their details on a form because we know the treatment is something they are thinking about at the time and we believe it is of help to offer a free consultation at that point. The only way that we can ascertain whether someone is able to have laser eye surgery is for them to attend a FREE in-depth consultation with our specialist staff. Many competition entrants elect to proceed to a laser consultation in order to confirm whether they are eligible for surgery and to discuss any questions that they may have with our specialists, before having surgery.

    If I can be of any further help, please do not hesitate to contact me at customerfeedback@opticalexpress.com

    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"
    • weeowens
    • By weeowens 14th Nov 12, 3:47 PM
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    weeowens
    Hi,OpticalExpress representative

    Maybe you could add an opt-out.

    More comments here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3065380&highlight=http+www+optica lexpress+co+uk
  • sortika
    Hi Ladychelington,

    Thank you for sharing your feedback.

    We like to call people soon after they have entered our competition or provided their details on a form because we know the treatment is something they are thinking about at the time and we believe it is of help to offer a free consultation at that point. The only way that we can ascertain whether someone is able to have laser eye surgery is for them to attend a FREE in-depth consultation with our specialist staff. Many competition entrants elect to proceed to a laser consultation in order to confirm whether they are eligible for surgery and to discuss any questions that they may have with our specialists, before having surgery.

    If I can be of any further help, please do not hesitate to contact me at customerfeedback@opticalexpress.com

    Thanks,

    Lynsey Shaw
    Optical Express - Head of Customer Care
    Originally posted by OpticalExpress representative
    How do you get Optical Express to stop calling you repeatedly? I've had a ridiculous amount of cold calls from them after they (presumably) bought my details and they will just not stop. I get email spam as well, it's disgusting.
  • OpticalExpress representative
    Hi weeowens,

    Thanks for your sharing your feedback. We only contact people who have expressed an interest in one of our products. We will always remove the details of anyone who does not wish to receive any communications from us if they request us to do so.

    I will pass your feedback on. Thanks for taking the time to post. If you wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at the email address above.

    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
    How do you get Optical Express to stop calling you repeatedly? I've had a ridiculous amount of cold calls from them after they (presumably) bought my details and they will just not stop. I get email spam as well, it's disgusting.
    Originally posted by sortika
    Hi sortika,

    Thanks for your feedback. As we have said above, we only contact people who have expressed an interest in one of our products. If you do not wish to receive any further communication from us, please email me at customerfeedback@opticalexpress.com with your relevant details and I will action accordingly. I can only apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    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"
    • twinklenicci
    • By twinklenicci 15th Nov 12, 12:06 PM
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    twinklenicci
    Has anyone had a text saying someone has left a gift for you at my mystery gifts and a code to redeem ??? i have had a look on their website and havent redeemed my code as to me it looks like a spamfest ... i dont know if its a clever way for these ppi people to get you or just a way to spam you but no idea where its come from ... was hopping someone else might have an idea. I only enter comps off here and usually click no offers ... im confused x

    http://www.mymysterygift.co.uk/
    Last edited by twinklenicci; 15-11-2012 at 2:37 PM.
    [B]
    Massive Thank you to all who post comps & answers on here .i'm very grateful , good luck all.
    B~ 25/04/1999, B~17/05/2000
    E~11/09/2013
    • lilias
    • By lilias 15th Nov 12, 12:11 PM
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    lilias
    Is it this site?

    http://www.domainbrokerage.co.uk/index.php?a=d&id=5531

    If so, the omens aren't good.
    • twinklenicci
    • By twinklenicci 15th Nov 12, 2:34 PM
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    twinklenicci
    hahahah that looks like it !!
    [B]
    Massive Thank you to all who post comps & answers on here .i'm very grateful , good luck all.
    B~ 25/04/1999, B~17/05/2000
    E~11/09/2013
    • twinklenicci
    • By twinklenicci 15th Nov 12, 2:37 PM
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    twinklenicci
    Yep that looks like it lol http://www.mymysterygift.co.uk/
    No idea where i got the text from tho steering clear of it
    [B]
    Massive Thank you to all who post comps & answers on here .i'm very grateful , good luck all.
    B~ 25/04/1999, B~17/05/2000
    E~11/09/2013
  • andy hardaker
    Guys, keep posting these scams up here, but for the sake of us 419ers please include as much detail as possible. Return email address, contacts name and as much detail of what the scam is offering you.
    We do it for our own amusement and to waste as much of the scammers time and resources as possible.
    Thanks
    Andy
  • Juxxize
    Hi Ladychelington,

    Thank you for sharing your feedback.

    We like to call people soon after they have entered our competition or provided their details on a form because we know the treatment is something they are thinking about at the time and we believe it is of help to offer a free consultation at that point. The only way that we can ascertain whether someone is able to have laser eye surgery is for them to attend a FREE in-depth consultation with our specialist staff. Many competition entrants elect to proceed to a laser consultation in order to confirm whether they are eligible for surgery and to discuss any questions that they may have with our specialists, before having surgery.

    If I can be of any further help, please do not hesitate to contact me at customerfeedback@opticalexpress.com

    Thanks,

    Lynsey Shaw
    Optical Express - Head of Customer Care
    Originally posted by 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.
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