I fell for the oldest trick in the book.
No such thing as a free lunch, in this case, winning a lucky draw by just sending an sms.
A pop-up window attracted me to this cool MacBook Air prize.
In huge print were the simple instructions to just SMS “AIR” to 72233. So I did without first reading the fine print “terms and conditions”.
I received a thank you sms, wishing me good luck in winning the MacBook Air, then the next sentence made my eyes roll. Another set of questions to pick between choice A or B, and the sinker, “Text A or B to 72233, & u can win, $4 CHARGED”
And suddenly another sms just came to me, “Welcome to Trivia! It’s ur chance to win cool prizes. Info: http://www.wixawin.com/6571 3999, subscription service max 10q per month $4/q….”
Panic gripped me….how much have they charged me so far already….and it goes straight to my mobile bill….
I raced to the original pop-up window and looked at the fine print:
Wixawin is not affiliated with, sponsored by or endorsed by any of the listed products or retailers. Trademarks, service marks, logos, (including, without limitation, the individual names of products and retailers) are the property of their respective owners. This is an ongoing subscription service until user quits. This service operates according to the Singapore code of practice for SMS services. By sending an SMS to 72233, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the ‘Terms & Conditions’ and agree to be bound by these ‘Terms & Conditions’. To stop service? Text STOP to 72233. Subscription: Maximum 10 SMS questions per month, S$4 per question. Competition ends 31-12-’08. Age: 18+ only – obtain bill payer’s permission. Helpdesk: 6571 3999. Technical Service Provider: Sybase 365 Pte Ltd.
Gosh. It really pissed me off.
I immediate sent “STOP” to the same number again in case more “trivia” (but expensive) questions pop up in my mobile.
Tell me who in his right mind likes to pay $4 for a trivia sms question, subject to paying $40 per month for ten of these. I might as well set up a company to do that and collect such easy (fool’s) money….
So and So Company will be hearing from me very soon when I receive my next mobile bill and find out any billings due to this incident.
I will definitely go to CASE (Consumers Association of Singapore) and not let it go so easily like the last time I found an MP3 subscription on my mobile bill when I did not knowingly subscribe to such a service.
Must be that contest SMS I sent to take part in some radio lucky draw.
No more sms for competitions or lucky draws for me anymore. Never ever!