Is Wynnington Advert a Scam? Wordsearch Competition

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.

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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  • January 19, 2023 at 12:22 PM by an anonymous user from: Croydon, England, United Kingdom

    Why is this ad allowed on TV? Some extremely vulnerable people will be fooled and lose their money. Surely it can be stopped

    • January 26, 2023 at 3:43 PM by an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

      I reported this company to my bank today, they had no right to send me bills for no agreement to their subscription.

  • January 17, 2023 at 7:25 AM by an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

    Yes it is fraudulent. The email and phone numbers do not work. They charged me £19.99 twice for payments that I did not give my permission make to and my bank have thankfully cancelled it.

  • January 16, 2023 at 2:07 PM by an anonymous user from: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

    I saw the Wyinnington competion on the TV, I completed it and telephoned I was charged for TWO calls at excess price about £4 each, They sent me by post another competition I completed it. They forced two calls, I now await my Virgin telephone charges for about 3mins, IT IS A SCAM, I SHOULD HAVE READ THE SMALL PRINT!

    • January 17, 2023 at 7:21 AM by an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

      Yes it is fraudulent. The email and phone numbers do not work. They charged me £19.99 twice for payments that I did not give my permission make to and my bank have thankfully cancelled it.

  • January 16, 2023 at 6:58 AM by an anonymous user from: England, United Kingdom

    Thy use actors photo then put anyone to it. Its one big con, they rake money in pay themselves, they and call it wages

  • January 8, 2023 at 4:49 AM by an anonymous user from: Lancashire, Salford, England, United Kingdom

    The prize draw doesn't even exist its a big con.They just keep sending words each puzzles over and over and over and over...until you eventually give up and that's it.

  • January 7, 2023 at 2:21 PM by an anonymous user from: Rochdale, England, United Kingdom

    The small print at the bottom of the screen says that there is a hefty phone bill. Of course, the voice over tellls you to look at the grid to find the word … and just in case you found the word already, the voice over then asks you to look for the flower ….

    The ad I saw was highly manipulative and misleading. Also, dear ITV, it is not actually advertising anything: it *is* the game - and the cost is well hidden. Finally, is it £12,000 for everyone who gets the answer? Or for how many days/weeks/months does Wynnjngton Ltd cash in before they decide to nominate a winner?

  • December 28, 2022 at 3:25 PM by an anonymous user from: E2, London, England, United Kingdom

    I was taken in by thus advert & charged £3,60. I was furious. I then received a 'certificate in order to enter again for an additional sum. What a rip off. Don't get caught. ITV should be ashamed of themselves. All these gambling ads should be banned from TV channels. Disgusting.

  • December 28, 2022 at 1:58 PM by an anonymous user from: Runcorn, England, United Kingdom

    I watched this advert, which seems to be on more frequently at holiday times, and realised immediately it is very very sharp practice. Some people will be gullible enough to enter this” competition “. Advertising standards should take a look at this immediately.who works for these immoral companies?

  • December 17, 2022 at 2:03 PM by an anonymous user from: Reading, England, United Kingdom

    This company openly admits it will charge you £3.60 to enter the £12000 competition and then a further £7.20 to enter the £3500 competition. The word search is so easy many people might be tempted to enter both competitions.

    Competitors posting on this website report being charged more than the advertised amounts.

    Given the rather paltry winning amount and the incredibly easy word search competition which may lure a large number of entrants, the company is likely to accrue very large amounts of revenue.

    Given the £12000 prize costing a nominal £3.60 to enter there would only require 3334 entrants to cover the prize.

    To enter the £3500 competition requires entry to the £12000 and requires a further £7.20 entrance charge. To cover the £15500 prize it would require 1434 entrants.

    Given that entrants report being overcharged the number of entrants to cover the prize money would be further reduced. Also, the company does not appear to publicise the names of the winners.

    The advert gives '60 seconds' to enter the competition while on screen. The advert is screened several times - it is not clear how the adverts are related or if they are completely independent ie each showing relates to a new £12000/£15500 prize.

    Overall this 'competition' is an immoral mechanism to make money at the expense of naive entrants. The advert should be removed and the company Wynnington has highly questionable motives and must be prevented from advertising on any of ITV's channels.

  • December 17, 2022 at 12:52 PM by an anonymous user from: Reading, England, United Kingdom

    This company openly admits it will charge you £3.60 to enter the £12000 competition and then a further £7.20 to enter the £3500 competition. The word search is so easy many people might be tempted to enter both competitions.

    Competitors on this website report being charged more than the advertised amounts.

    Given the rather paltry winning amount and the incredibly easy word search competition which may lure a large number of entrants, the company is likely to accrue very large amounts of revenue.

    Given the £12000 prize costing a nominal £3.60 to enter there would only require 3334 entrants to cover the prize.

    To enter the £3500 competition requires entry to the £12000 and requires a further £7.20 entrance charge. To cover the £15500 prize it would require 1434 entrants.

    Given that entrants report being overcharged the number of entrants to cover the prize money would be further reduced. Also, tthe company does not appear to publicise names of winners. The advert gives '60 seconds' to enter the competition while on screen. The advert is screened a number of times - it is not clear how the adverts are related or if they are completely independent ie each showing relates to a new £12000/£15500 prize.

    Overall this 'competition' is an immoral mechanism to make money at the expense of naive entrants.The advert should be removed and the company Wynnington prevented from advertising on any of ITV's channels.

  • December 14, 2022 at 1:26 PM by an anonymous user from: E2, London, England, United Kingdom

    Just seen the advert again on ITV3 in the middle of Heartbeat, same answer as last year - Countdown and Daffodil - I am interested in how much money is generated and how many people enter?

    I have been meaning to search to find out the figures, surely there must be a published list of previous winners?

    I feel sorry for the people that don't notice the call charges shown on screen as I guess that no details are given when you actually call?

    Anyone here know of a winner?

  • December 14, 2022 at 12:18 PM by an anonymous user from: Donnington, Newbury, England, United Kingdom

    Register a complaint with the police (Economic Crime Unit) and insist on an investigation.That is my advice.

  • December 10, 2022 at 5:55 AM by an anonymous user from: Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

    Yes it is a con the ad on the TV should not be allowed somebody interested fraud squad should be on this, don't ever reply to any of their comps it's all a scam and if his name is Robert he's a fraudster definitely

  • November 8, 2022 at 8:26 AM by an anonymous user from: Cadishead, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

    Defford a scam, stay away

  • August 11, 2022 at 7:18 AM by an anonymous user from: West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

    An absolute bag of spunktrumpet w*********s!

  • July 11, 2022 at 9:37 AM by an anonymous user from: West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

    It’s obviously a Scam How T.V Advertising Bodies are Allowing This is a Scandal.

  • March 11, 2022 at 5:58 AM by an anonymous user from: Bromsgrove, England, United Kingdom

    Scam plain and simple

    • August 26, 2022 at 5:55 AM by an anonymous user from: Salford, England, United Kingdom

      How it it a scam? The small print at the bottom of the page lists all the call times and charges and gives 3 ways to opt out from further calls. By entering the competition you are deemed to have read and accepted these t &c's

  • December 23, 2021 at 3:36 PM by an anonymous user from: E2, London, England, United Kingdom

    I've tried to opt out but they just give u another phone no. Why give email address if they won’t let u opt out on it

    • May 31, 2022 at 11:40 AM by an anonymous user from: Cadishead, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

      My friend got a letter saying he’s won competition and to call 09066350501

      Is it a scam?

      • May 31, 2022 at 11:59 AM by info

        It is a scam, do not call the number.

  • November 24, 2021 at 3:35 AM by an anonymous user from: Greater London, England, United Kingdom

    Its not a scam.

    • December 21, 2022 at 7:52 AM by an anonymous user from: Cadishead, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

      Yes it is definitely

  • August 23, 2021 at 8:29 AM by an anonymous user from: Greater Manchester, Irlam, England, United Kingdom

    An absolute con even though it was a free number on tv. Whatever you do, do not ever ring back an '0906' number or reply to any letters! Total con from start to finish! Don't ever respond to these people or try to delete your details, because it will cost you big time! Absolute fraudster a & scammers! Nobody ever wins!

  • July 26, 2021 at 9:46 AM by an anonymous user from: E2, London, England, United Kingdom

    I entered a TV wordsearch competition where you just called a number then gave the answer. The call was totally free so I thought why not!.

    Last week I received a letter saying my entry was correct and gave me the option of entering 2 more wordsearch competition then phoning a premium rate number. Of course I ignored this. Today I received a phone call to say I am now in the final draw for the £10000 and as a thank you for entering they would be sending me 23 lottery tickets and a wordsearch book full of puzzles that could win me big money. All I had to do was pay £1.95 postage. He then asked for my bank details. When I said I was not giving this information over-the-counter phone he hung up. Total scam. Beware

  • May 6, 2021 at 3:17 PM by an anonymous user from: Newtown, Wales, United Kingdom

    Ridiculous a scam all the people phone

    they charge a high rate and roll the money on

  • April 27, 2021 at 3:01 AM by an anonymous user from: Greater London, England, United Kingdom

    I'm not so sure if Wynnington Customer Services is a scam.

    They are registered on Company House.

    • September 24, 2022 at 3:44 PM by an anonymous user from: Ilford, England, United Kingdom

      Unfortunately you can easily register almost any address on company house

  • April 4, 2021 at 1:33 PM by an anonymous user from: E2, London, England, United Kingdom

    The "competition "is SO easy that it must pull in alot of contestants.WuI is it not banned?

  • March 19, 2021 at 1:55 PM by an anonymous user from: City of London, London, England, United Kingdom

    Clearly a data theft scam supported by ITV.

  • March 17, 2021 at 4:25 AM by an anonymous user from: Greater London, England, United Kingdom

    Complete f...ing rip off

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