23 April 2007

Call me - and pay up!

Now being a foolish old wooden-top and not at the exalted heights of shiny-bummed TDC or anything (!), what do I know about the law?
But I DO watch television.
Not generally rubbish day-time quiz shows admittedly, but I do watch telly. So when I read, and keep reading about TV companies ripping off members of the public, by getting the fools to call in to competition 'phone lines which have already closed, wickle alarm bells start ringing. If the stories are true, these companies are deliberately misleading the public (that their silly competitions are still running and that a winner hasn't yet been picked) and whilst doing so, gaining money for themselves (/the company). Now I'm no great expert on company liabilities and overlaps with the Trades Description Act, Ofcom, ICSTIS or anything like that, but aren't they committing a Fraud?
Look - under the Fraud Act 2006, "(1) A person is guilty of fraud if he is in breach of any of the sections listed in subsection (2)....
(2) Fraud by False Representation:
1. A person is in breach of this section if he:
(a) dishonestly makes a false representation, and
(b) intends, by making the representation—
(i) to make a gain for himself or another, or
(ii) to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
A representation is false if—
(a) it is untrue or misleading, and
(b) the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.
Now, as I say, I am but a mere woodentop, but doesn't it look like these guys in the TV companies are breaking the new law? I expect questions to be asked in the House.

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22 Comments:

Blogger PC South West said...

Sounds like a winner for the top brass. Just think how many detections they could claim here. One for each call made. They would be able to hit governmant targets no trouble.

23 April, 2007 16:58  
Blogger kris said...

CPS says nooooo - [sputter on the computer screen]

24 April, 2007 23:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a look and read at this. Chicago Police Officer responds to a disturbacne by himself and shoots and kills and unarmed citizen with absolutely no cause. The Chicago Police Department then attempts to conceal the murder. The video and the accompanying article explain it all in depth. What are your comments in the UK?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNQnqwxy9Vc

http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/killedoncamera/


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz6YJtnLtus

26 April, 2007 23:00  
Blogger thoughts running through my head.... said...

whats that got to do with the OP?

Ofcourse its fraud,but someones palm has been greased along the way I suppose!

06 May, 2007 15:06  
Blogger Bitseach said...

anon - what a strange world. Sounds like the mother and father of all cover-ups. (Mind you some would say the same of Jean-Charles de Menezes.... but I haven't seen that video).

30 May, 2007 20:54  
Blogger thinblueline said...

OI ... I have just become a shiny bum TDC..

leave me alone to read my newspaper and eat my biscuts ...

er...

quite :)

02 July, 2007 16:26  
Blogger leafofhope said...

Take a look and read at this. Chicago Police Officer responds to a disturbacne by himself and shoots and kills and unarmed citizen with absolutely no cause. The Chicago Police Department then attempts to conceal the murder. The video and the accompanying article explain it all in depth. What are your comments in the UK?


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whats that got to do with the OP?

Ofcourse its fraud,but someones palm has been greased along the way I suppose!
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