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Tuesday August 9 2005

$2.95 per month to Win a Plasma HDTV (Bradley Norrish + Michael Shorthill)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, IMCO Corporation — Josh @ 10:38 pm

Bradley Norrish and Sprite Multimedia / Empius Interactive (Michael Shorthill) seem to have teamed up to provide “The Philips Plasma Promotion”.

Various domain names registered to Bradley Norrish (eg medicare.com.au, music.com.au, quotes.com.au, lg.com.au, etc) redirect to www.clientwebpages.com/clients/ which in turn redirect to www.theplasmapromo.com

The promotion asks entrants to “finalise” their entry by texting a premium SMS number.

Then, according to the fine print, the entrant is subscribed to a monthly $2.95 horoscope service.

The premium SMS number – 197 22333 – is the same that Brad Norrish has used previously on another web site (“Free” SMS only $2.95 each).

from: http://www.theplasmapromo.com/

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PHILIPS PLASMA PROMOTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. By signing up to this horoscope service you will receive weekly text messages at a rate of aud 2.95 per month.

Horoscope Service

24. Upon signing up for the recurring horoscope service you agree to be charged via Premium SMS at a rate of 2.95 per month. This charge may change at any time at Sprite Multimedia’s discretion.

26. You agree to receive SMS messages every Sunday at 10:30 AM or any other time decided entirely at Sprite Multimedia’s discretion.

27. To opt-out of this horoscope service you will need to send ‘OPTOUT HOROSCOPE’ to 197 22333.

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The folks at blast * radius said this about the “money-grubbing scam”:

from: Fat Pizza – hijacked?

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# The site asks visitors to SMS an apparently random validation code to 197 22333 to gain access to the site, at a cost of $2.95

# Upon SMSing the code to the number, one receives the reply, “The validation code is incorrect.”

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I suspect this error message is to encourage entrants to enter the code again, subscribing them to them multiple times to $2.95 per month horoscope service.

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd says the following about Premium-rate SMS Complaints:

” …

The number of complaints to the TIO about premium-rate SMS messages has increased steadily since just before Christmas.

A common source of complaint relates to the frequency of the messages from some of these services, which include horoscopes, jokes and ring-tones.

Consumers are often unaware that they will continue to receive the messages and be billed on a per message basis until they request them to be stopped. As each message is billed at a premium rate, this can lead to unexpectedly high bills.

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If you have been sucked into this scheme and have not been able to resolve the problem with the parties involved or your telecommunications provider then you may wish to lodge a complaint with the TIO.

from: whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: medicare.com.au
Last Modified: 05-Sep-2004 03:40:20 UTC
Registrar ID: R00013-AR
Registrar Name: Enetica
Status: OK

Registrant: Shannon Corr
Registrant ID:

Registrant ROID: C1971166-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Shannon Core
Registrant Email: shannon@email.net.au

Tech ID: C1971166-AR
Tech Name: Shannon Core
Tech Email: shannon@email.net.au

Name Server: ns1.imcoserv.com
Name Server: ns2.imcoserv.com

from: whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: music.com.au
Last Modified: 26-Nov-2004 06:00:14 UTC
Registrar ID: R00012-AR
Registrar Name: TPP Internet
Status: SERVERTRANSFERPROHIBITED

Registrant: Music Online Services
Registrant ID: WA BN BN09526663

Registrant ROID: C0874234-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Brad Norrish
Registrant Email: brad@brad.com.au

Tech ID: C2237598-AR
Tech Name: Brad Norrish
Tech Email: brad@brad.com.au

Name Server: ns1.imcoserv.com
Name Server: ns2.imcoserv.com

from: whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: quotes.com.au
Last Modified: 23-Dec-2004 03:01:36 UTC
Registrar ID: R00020-AR
Registrar Name: Explorer
Status: OK

Registrant: QUOTES RECOMMENDED REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT PROPERTIES CASH INVESTING SERVICES
Registrant ID: OTHER None given

Registrant ROID: C0977501-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Brad Norrish
Registrant Email: norrish@wasp.net.au

Tech ID: C2212550-AR
Tech Name: Brad Norrish
Tech Email: norrish@wasp.net.au

Name Server: ns1.imcoserv.com
Name Server: ns2.imcoserv.com

from: whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: lg.com.au
Last Modified: 18-Nov-2004 23:27:29 UTC
Registrar ID: R00012-AR
Registrar Name: TPP Internet
Status: OK

Registrant: LIVEGIGS
Registrant ID: ABN BN10059362

Registrant ROID: C1068648-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Jason Bands
Registrant Email: david@perthbands.com

Tech ID: C2212504-AR
Tech Name: Jason Bands
Tech Email: jason@perthbands.com

Name Server: ns1.imcoserv.com
Name Server: ns2.imcoserv.com

from: whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: empius.com.au
Last Modified: 01-Aug-2005 01:45:54 UTC
Registrar ID: R00019-AR
Registrar Name: Domain Candy
Status: OK

Registrant: Empius Interactive Pty Ltd
Registrant ID: ACN 111685557

Registrant ROID: C2509818-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Email: domains@empius.com.au

Tech ID: C2509818-AR

Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Email: domains@empius.com.au

Name Server: ns1.dtchosting.com
Name Server: ns2.dtchosting.com

from: whois.enom.com

Registration Service Provided By: eNom, Inc.
Contact: info2@eNom.com
Visit:

Domain name: sprite-multimedia.com

Registrant Contact:
Sprite Multimedia
Domain Administrator (info@sprite-multimedia.com)
+61.894005000
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Administrative Contact:
Sprite Multimedia
Domain Administrator (info@sprite-multimedia.com)
+61.894005000
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Technical Contact:
Sprite Multimedia
Domain Administrator (info@sprite-multimedia.com)
+61.894005000
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Billing Contact:
Sprite Multimedia
Domain Administrator (info@sprite-multimedia.com)
+61.894005000
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
dns1.name-services.com
dns2.name-services.com
dns3.name-services.com
dns4.name-services.com
dns5.name-services.com

Creation date: 06 Jun 2005 05:24:55
Expiration date: 06 Jun 2006 05:24:55

from:whois.enom.com

Registration Service Provided By: eNom, Inc.
Contact: info2@eNom.com
Visit:

Domain name: clientwebpages.com

Registrant Contact:
Infinite Hosting Worldwide
Domain Administrator (admin@clientwebpages.com)
+61.267518981
Fax:
GPO Z109
Sydney, 8001
AU

Administrative Contact:
Infinite Hosting Worldwide
Domain Administrator (admin@clientwebpages.com)
+61.267518981
Fax:
GPO Z109
Sydney, 8001
AU

Technical Contact:
Infinite Hosting Worldwide
Domain Administrator (admin@clientwebpages.com)
+61.267518981
Fax:
GPO Z109
Sydney, 8001
AU

Billing Contact:
Infinite Hosting Worldwide
Domain Administrator (admin@clientwebpages.com)
+61.267518981
Fax:
GPO Z109
Sydney, 8001
AU

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
dns1.name-services.com
dns2.name-services.com
dns3.name-services.com
dns4.name-services.com
dns5.name-services.com

Creation date: 13 Jul 2005 01:08:09
Expiration date: 13 Jul 2006 01:08:09

from: whois.enom.com

Registration Service Provided By: eNom, Inc.
Contact: info2@eNom.com
Visit:

Domain name: theplasmapromo.com

Registrant Contact:
Plasma Promo
Domain Administrator (info@theplasmapromo.com)
+61.894005050
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Administrative Contact:
Plasma Promo
Domain Administrator (info@theplasmapromo.com)
+61.894005050
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Technical Contact:
Plasma Promo
Domain Administrator (info@theplasmapromo.com)
+61.894005050
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Billing Contact:
Plasma Promo
Domain Administrator (info@theplasmapromo.com)
+61.894005050
Fax:
GPO 3001
Perth, 6000
AU

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
dns1.name-services.com
dns2.name-services.com
dns3.name-services.com
dns4.name-services.com
dns5.name-services.com

Creation date: 03 Aug 2005 00:38:54
Expiration date: 03 Aug 2006 00:38:54

from: http://www.theplasmapromo.com/

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PHILIPS PLASMA PROMOTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. By signing up to this horoscope service you will receive weekly text messages at a rate of aud 2.95 per month.
2. These terms and conditions are the Plasma Promotion Rules (“Rules”) and apply to this promotion. By entering this Promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.
2. The Promotion is organised by Sprite Multimedia of P.O. Box 398 Wanneroo 6065, Perth W.A. Australia (“Sprite Multimedia”).
3. Sprite Multimedia reserves the right to cancel or amend the Promotion or these Rules at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within these Rules. A copy of the Rules may also be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Promotion Rules, Sprite Multimedia, P.O. Box 398 Wanneroo 6065, Perth W.A. Australia.
4. In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the Promotion, the decision of Sprite Multimedia shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Qualifying Entrants
5. To qualify to enter the Promotion you must be resident in Australia.
6. Employees of Sprite Multimedia or any company involved in the Promotion, or any advertising agency or web company connected with Sprite Multimedia or any such person’s subsidiary or associated companies, agents or members of their families or households, are not eligible to enter the Promotion. Sprite Multimedia reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.
7. By entering the Promotion, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
8. Sprite Multimedia assumes that by using its site and entering the Promotion (and you warrant that) either you have legal capacity to enter the Promotion and agree to the Rules (i.e. that you are of sufficient age and mental capacity and are entitled to be legally bound in contract) or your parents have consented to your entry of the Promotion and use of these Rules.
9. Sprite Multimedia reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason what-so-ever especially if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.
10. In the event that any entrant is disqualified from the Promotion, Sprite Multimedia in its sole discretion may decide whether a replacement contestant should be selected. In this event, any further entrant will be selected on the same criteria as the original entrant and will be subject to these Rules.

Promotion Entries
11. Only one entry per person per Promotion is allowed.
12. Promotion entries must be made by the closing date specified in these Rules. Failure to do so will disqualify the entry.
13. Proof of posting cannot be accepted as proof of delivery. Sprite Multimedia cannot accept responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of, or unauthorised access to entries, or entries lost or delayed whether or not arising during operation or transmission as a result of server functions, virus, bugs or other causes outside its control.
14. Sprite Multimedia reserves the right to send you marketing material in the future or provide your contact details to third parties for any reason what-so-ever.

Prizes
15. The closing date for this promotion is 1st August 2006.
16. Prize winners will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries within 28 days of the closing date. Tie-breakers will be judged by Sprite Multimedia and, if required by law, by an independent adjudicator. In all matters, the decision of the judge(s) and Sprite Multimedia shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
17. Prize winners will be notified in the manner selected upon entering. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable or failure to reply as specified in the notification within the time stated therein may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Promotion winner(s)’ names may be published on the Sprite Multimedia website or you can write to Promotion Prize Winner, Sprite Multimedia, P.O. Box 398 Wanneroo 6065, Perth W.A. Australia, requesting information about the Promotion winner including a self-addressed stamped envelope.
18. Claims for prizes must be made in the manner and within the time specified on the notification. Failure to claim a prize within this time or in the manner specified may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.
19. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Sprite Multimedia reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal, less or greater value at any time.
20. Prizes are awarded at Sprite Multimedia’s discretion and no prizes will be awarded as a result of improper actions by or on behalf of any entrant.
21. All taxes, insurances, transfers, spending money and other expenses (including meals or personal expenses upgrades etc.) as the case may be, unless specifically stated, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.

Intellectual Property Rights
22. In consideration of Sprite Multimedia agreeing to consider entrants to the Promotion, each entrant hereby assigns to Sprite Multimedia the complete copyright and all other rights in any entry, which shall be for the full period of copyright. Sprite Multimedia shall be free to assign such rights to third parties.
23. Furthermore, any information submitted by you must be personal to and relate specifically to you. You hereby warrant that the information which you submit and/or distribute will not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights of any third party, and will not contain anything which is libellous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening. If relevant, Sprite Multimedia reserves the right, but not the obligation, to screen, filter and/or monitor information provided by you and to edit, refuse to distribute or remove the same.

Horoscope Service
24. Upon signing up for the recurring horoscope service you agree to be charged via Premium SMS at a rate of 2.95 per month. This charge may change at any time at Sprite Multimedia’s discretion.
26. You agree to receive SMS messages every Sunday at 10:30 AM or any other time decided entirely at Sprite Multimedia’s discretion.
27. To opt-out of this horoscope service you will need to send ‘OPTOUT HOROSCOPE’ to 197 22333.

Liability
27. Sprite Multimedia cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Promotion or as a result of accepting any prize. Sprite Multimedia is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, telephone lines or at any web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Promotion. Nothing shall exclude Sprite Multimedia’s liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.

Data Protection and Publicity
28. Winners may be requested to take part in promotional activity and Sprite Multimedia reserves the right to use the names and addresses of winners, their photographs and audio and/or visual recordings of them in any publicity.

Jurisdiction
29. The Promotion and the terms and conditions of this agreement will be governed by Western Australian law.

How to contact us
30. You can contact us in relation to this Promotion by writing to Sprite Multimedia, P.O. Box 398 Wanneroo 6065, Perth W.A. Australia or by email at promotions@sprite-multimedia.com.

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