Bloggers - Beware of the ASA

by @edent | # # # | Read ~155 times.

Earlier this year, I received an offer from a sleazy marketing company to place adverts on this blog - on the express understanding that they were not identified as sponsored posts. I reported the company - Media Discovery - to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) who, after a perfunctory investigation, decided not to prosecute. They…

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Stopping Coral's SMS Spam

by @edent | # # # # | 1 comment | Read ~3,106 times.

I don't like spam. I'm very careful always to tick the "do not pass my details on to 3rd parties" box on forms. So, when I do get SMS spam, I like to know who has been flouting the rules. See my previous investigation. A few weeks ago, I received this rather annoying message: I'm…

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What's Up With BBM's Android Reviews?

by @edent | # # # # # # | 18 comments | Read ~16,289 times.

So, after much delay, and many technical difficulties, BlackBerry have finally launched their BBM app on Android. Whenever I launch an app on Android, I'm immediately inundated with emails from companies promising me thousands of 5* reviews for only a few hundred dollars. I've never taken up their offer - it's unethical, probably illegal, and…

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Revenge of the Spammed

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~204 times.

I've moaned before about the crap adverts on social networks. Facebook has suddenly been getting a lot worse. Today they decided that it would be great to show me adverts for a steak restaurant. Which, would be fine, if I hadn't been vegetarian for the last 13 years... Facebook have been spamming my wall with…

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SMS Spam From PeekabooTV

by @edent | # # # # # # # | 9 comments | Read ~788 times.

I've been investigating some rather nasty SMS spam. I have finally heard back from Switchfire, the SMS gateway who sent the message. According to them, the originator of the message was Take a look round that site - it hasn't been updated since 2007, and the Contact page leads to a 404. A quick…

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SMS Spammers

by @edent | # # # # # # # | 10 comments | Read ~1,340 times.

As I've mentioned before, I hate SMS Spam. Last night, I received this unsolicited message. Now, I can try to unsubscribe using STOP ALL - and I have forwarded the text to VSPAM. But that's not enough for me. I want to stop them sending any more spam SMS to anyone. Let's do a little…

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Mobile Badvertising: Floors-2-Go Have Crappy SMS Spam

by @edent | # # # # # # | 30 comments | Read ~2,659 times.

UPDATED 08 October 2010 How to unsubscribe If you want to unsubscribe from this SMS spam, you have three options. Ring "Dill" on 0121 359 0234 - she works for Floors2Go and will be happy to remove you from the list. Floors2Go purchased your phone number from tmnmedia - who assured Floors2Go that you were…

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Bluetooth Spam from Coca-Cola

by @edent | # # # | 7 comments | Read ~384 times.

Bluetooth spam. It's been debated for a long time, but it looks like it's becoming a reality in the UK now that the ICO say marketers do not need opt-in consent - although the DMA differs in opinion. I was quietly sat in a London restaurant when my phone bleeped into action. Would I like…

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