Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition

The Wynnington Advert is very deceptive. I checked my phone bill and wondered why it was higher than usual. I was shocked to see a 3.25-minute call to 09066350615 costing £12.88 and a 1.38-minute call to 09066350615 for £6.20. I never knew just calling the number I would be charged. There was nothing that explained to me that I would be charged and allowed me to give consent to such a charge. Wynnington is using television, postal and phone provider companies to promote their competition.

Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition

I have a friend who told me he got a missed call from 09066350615. He said the phone rang once and so he called back the number but whoever answered stayed silent on the line, so he hung up. He got a bill for £13.

If you have been called by 09066350615 or similar numbers and was charged without your consent, report it to your mobile provider, they can help.

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August 31, 2023 at 9:51 AM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: Watford, England, United Kingdom

I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about the Wynnington word game scam but they failed to give me the promised unique reference number. After FIVE weeks I contacted them again when they told me they had received my complaint but decided - without bothering to tell me - to do nothing about it.

The ASA is owned by the advertising industry. They are not really an "authority" but a private company. They are a waste of space. Scammers help scammers.

Andrew E. H...


December 16, 2023 at 10:35 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Manchester, England, United Kingdom

This is a gravy train for the broadcasters. Once you get through the first win you have to enter a further competition and this ain't cheap, a proper legalised con. The broadcasters should be held responsible.


August 24, 2023 at 7:57 AM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: Salford, England, United Kingdom

LOL your all bitter because you didnt win


August 23, 2023 at 6:20 AM by
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an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom


Wynnyngton are back again here in August 2023 with their Summer £15,000 Jackpot for finding the VERY well hidden 'EMMERDALE' (Cof.. Cof..) However, they now have an 0800 500 3066 Freephone number for you to call, whilst the small print advises someone will call you!

As a responder to this promotion, Wynnington Ltd may contact you with similar exciting offers by post and SMS. You may also receive similar exciting offers from Churchastle Ltd by post only. If you do not wish to receive such offers, please opt-out by writing to us at Wynnington Opt Out, PO Box 166, Brighton, BN41 9ES, or by calling us on 0808 206 4152 or by emailing us at

You must be a UK Resident, aged over 18, and have permission of the telephone bill payer to participate. As a special promotion, there is a special Freephone entry line for this competition (0800 500 3320) If you dial the freephone number you will be urged to further dial more premium rate numbers to continue.



August 7, 2023 at 9:29 AM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

For your information I have submitted a formal complaint to ITV/ITV3 regarding these bogus word-search advertisements. The challenge is non-existent as the'search' is simplistic presumably to entice as many people as possible to use the 0902 number which earns money for the scammer. ITV responded by suggesting a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) which is a bit of a con itself as it's owned by the advertising industry. I suggested that ITV should do the decent thing and police itself instead of leaving it to others. For good measure I also submitted a formal complaint to the ASA. This distasteful scamming advertisement has not appeared in recent days. Let us hope that it has gone now or shortly. I will update you otherwise. Here's hoping. Andrew E. Harris


October 27, 2023 at 12:58 PM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

You are so right. I cannot understand who these scamming ads are allowed by ITV


September 12, 2023 at 2:03 PM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Have I made a mistake?


August 8, 2023 at 11:48 AM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Oh! . Once bitten twice shy!yes the same type of problems and now the whole thing is back again on the ITV screen


July 22, 2023 at 12:37 PM by
Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

Got a call several months ago wanting my bank details. Don't go there!


July 22, 2023 at 6:59 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Poole, England, United Kingdom

Ad always annoys me, complete rip off. Charged for entering a competition you have no chance of winning, all you do is spend lots of money trying. I agree ads should not be allowed on TV or in Newspaper's. In my own opinion it's a scam


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