On 24/05/11 at 17:03 I received a text message from a number - 88101.
The text read:
FreeMsg>Ur Topquiz membership is live, U can win £300 CASH, question coming soon. Play costs just £1.50/month. To cancel text STOP to 88101 Help? 08432894723
Now there are a number of issues with this:
1- I did not and have never subscribed for Topquiz membership.
2 - There was a risk I could be charged £1.50 to my mobile account.
3 - I had to pay to text 88101 to unsubscribe from something to which I had never signed up.
4 - My mobile network Orange, said there was nothing they could do and basically it was my issue.
5 - The Telephone Preference Service and Ofcom are powerless to get involved in the sending and receiving of unsolicited texts.
Upon further investigation I have found that the company who own the SMS short code 88101 is a company called Oxygen 8 Communications based in Birmingham. When I spoke with them on the number given by Orange which was 0844 4480 700, the advisor informed me he would pass the details on to the company who sent the text using their short code and they would contact me. Nothing has been received. Below is a picture of what the message looked like.
AS CONSUMERS WE ARE UNPROTECTED AGAINST THESE COMPANIES. IF YOU'VE HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCE THEN PLEASE POST SO THAT HOPEFULLY SOMEONE CAN TAKE NOTICE.