Scam Gamifive Buongiorno SMS $15per month subscription

Disable your 3rd Party Content permission on your mobile phone service.

Contact your service provider if you don’t have access like I had to.

Why?

This morning I had a sms sent to me that was telling me I had subscribed to their gaming service.  This is absolute Bull shit.  The sms also tells me that I will be charged a monthly fee of $15 AU dollars a month and if I don’t want to continue with the service that I should reply STOP

I spoke to my carrier Optus and they advised me that if I had replied stop I would have been charged $15 WTF!  Hey ACMA time to shut this loop-hole down.

After reading many posts about this back door to your money via mobile carriers billing system I had to ring Optus to have them unsubscribe me and to cut my 3rd party content credit from $200 (their default a month setting) to $0 (Zero dollars) to prevent this ever happening again.

It is claimed that all you must have done is click on a single item.  It may not even have a description of what you are subscribing to.  You are automatically subscribing for ever at $15 pm in my case.

Here is a few links that will show the pain others have gone through to try to get their money back.

Optus Yes Crowd

https://yescrowd.optus.com.au  then in the search window type gamifive which should result in people complaining about this.

An explanation by Optus here

https://yescrowd.optus.com.au/t5/Blog/Purchasing-Third-Party-Content-with-Optus/ba-p/151220

This is something that should be stopped.  Anything to do with you spending money needs to be a two-step process.

  1. You sign up
  2. You actually make an effort to confirm sign up via another medium like email or sms or other but not just a click on the same page of a website

No wonder there are so many upset people out there.  They don’t know how to budget and most likely don’t reconcile their bills so have no idea why they never have any money.

Or it could be you just didn’t realise that this can happen so easily and it becomes very time-consuming to get it stopped and your money returned … if ever!!!

This is a ridiculous “feature” that has crept in to the mobile phone system in Australia.  Greed is no doubt behind this.

 

VicRoads no more registration labels but check out the disclaimer!!!

Victoria no longer uses registration labels from 2014

That’s great as we have one less bit of paper to worry about and less impact on the environment, not to mention the money saved by VicRoads not having to print 4.5 Million stickers and sending out  letters (ref http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/9309.0).

So how do you check if your loan car is registered?

Easy you just find an Internet (being sarcastic here) and go to the VicRoads web site, but.. once you find the right page (https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/registration/buy-sell-or-transfer-a-vehicle/buy-a-vehicle/check-vehicle-registration you are confronted with this disclaimer!

Legal Disclaimer

Information in this vehicle registration enquiry check is provided without liability and without responsibility for its accuracy. VicRoads accepts no liability for any loss or damage incurred by anyone relying on information in this check (including a statement that no information is recorded) or on the absence of information about any matter. The information is provided from VicRoads records and is based on information received from past and present registered operators, police, interstate road and traffic authorities.

I find this really stupid that VicRoads says you have to check via their web site but then place this disclaimer on it to say that it could be wrong and they are not responsible for what they tell you.

So when the cops pull you over and tell you the car is unregistered even though you checked via the VicRoads Web site you are basically going to cop roughly a $770 fine and you will have to either pay the rego there and then or start walking.

The whole process to check a rego is painful, you have to first agree to the disclaimer and then once you get to the page where you enter the rego number you are then greeted with that stupid reCaptcha image window..

VicRoads captcha use before you can see if a vehicle is registered or not... what a pain and is it really necessary?
VicRoads captcha use before you can see if a vehicle is registered or not… what a pain and is it really necessary?

all this pain for just finding out whether the car you are about to drive is registered or not.

Oh and to bad if you don’t have Internet access.

A Quick check method that will at least tell you the car is registered.

However there is a simply work around as stupid as it seems. Instead of checking the rego is paid, just go to the link that takes payment for the rego. https://www5a.maxi.com.au/epp/vrd/RenewRegistration.asp?pr=1&step=1 in other words pretend to want to pay for the rego.

Enter the rego number and it will straight away tell you if the vehicle is registered see image below

A quick check if rego is paid by offering to pay it.  It won't allow you if it is already paid up.
A quick check if rego is paid by offering to pay it. It won’t allow you if it is already paid up.

and then the results of checking

The result of offering to pay for a paid up rego. It won't let you and returns you to the previous page.
The result of offering to pay for a paid up rego. It won’t let you