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Ged Meager27/06/2010 09:00:01
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For the second time I have recieved a scratch card in my GoodWoodworking Magazine and for the second time I have what is reportedly a winning line not only that but on this card I have now, I have two winning lines but the phone number displayed is not recognised or its constantly engaged |I have tried phoning all times day, night early hours etc etc with no joy I am getting fairly convinced this is all a big CON I've emailed  My HobbyStore with no luck so I'm wondewring if this should be reported to trading standards. Unless you guys have any solutions
Oddjob27/06/2010 10:01:50
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If it is "The £1 Million Cash Card" then no, it isn't a complete con but your chances of winning a significant prize are really minimal.  Every card inserted into every magazine has a "winning line."  The call to the number on the cards will cost you dearly - £9.  Try 01524 444000 instead - it works but only sometimes.  Phone between 9:00 and 17:00.  All of the prizes are genuine but some come with a catch - the holidays for example are usually in very low season and at obscure times - like fly at 3:00 am Christmas or New Years Day!  You will also have your arm twisted to buy timeshare.  There are a limited number of each available, there is only one draw per annum for the bigger prizes (many millions of "winners" eligible for the draw) etc. etc.
No. it isn't a con but you stand a better chance of winning something worthwhile if you invest your money in the National Lottery.
The purpose of the so-called competition with what seem to be generous prizes is to obtain names and addresses, including email, of people deemed susceptible to unsolicited offers via post, email and phone.  Your details will be made available to thousands of businesses wanting to contact such people.
Sparky27/06/2010 14:45:31
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If I remember correctly, its £1.50 per minute and the call is 4 minutes long.........but, I also think your being charged if the call is in engaged..........
Is it really worth it?...........not for me.
Ged Meager27/06/2010 22:38:59
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Thanks guys I'll bin the card and won't bother with any others that come through

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