Feeds

OFT nabs Chester scammers

17,000 fall for 'life changing prize' con

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

A Chester-based company that ripped off almost 17,000 people has promised not to run any more premium rate phone scams.

Phoenix Media (UK) Limited - trading as Techtron Games - sent out more than 1.7m envelopes containing a promotion that told punters that they might have won a "life changing prize" of £25,000.

To claim their prize, though, punters were told to phone a £1.50 a minute phone line that featured a recorded message that lasted almost eight minutes.

Those that hung on long enough never got to see their £25,000. Instead, they were offered a money-off voucher riddled with restrictions for a cruise.

"These advertisements were highly misleading and encouraged consumers to make expensive phone calls in the hope of receiving a major cash prize," said OFT chief exec John Fingleton.

"The OFT will continue to crack down on advertisers who make misleading claims which harm consumers' interests and discredit legitimate marketing techniques," he said. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.