Barbados Government Says Opera Telecom Fraudulent Contest “OK By Us” !

What is a reasonable time to wait for a response from a Government Ministry responsible for consumer protection?

When a series of ‘ad’s starting appearing in the Nation and on CBC television in late September including a half page ‘ad’ under the name of Barbados Lucky Numbers on 28th September 2007, I wrote to the Fair Trading Commission, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Business Development and copied it personally to the Minister responsible at her personal email address.

My letter was dated 29th September 2007.

Today, ( 13th December 2007), I received a letter from the Ministry dated 29th November and mailed on the 10th December 2007.

It stated

‘Dear Sir,

Concerns regarding Operations of Opera Telecom

I refer to your correspondence dated 29th September and 2nd October 2007 respectively, expressing concerns about a series of television advertisements which invited persons to participate in a competition by telephoning or texting responses to various questions.

Pursuant to a request by this Ministry, The Fair Trading Commission undertook an investigation into the operation of Opera Interactive (Barbados) Limited. The company was requested to carryout a number of actions, including the modification of the terms and conditions of its Caribbean Phone Idol Competition, in order to achieve compliance with the Consumer Protection Act, CAP. 326D.

In view of the direct response given to yourself by the Fair Trading Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development considers this matter to be closed at this stage. The Ministry thanks you for having brought this matter to our attention.

Yours faithfully

Anthony Nicholls
Permanent Secretary’

Comments: How possibly can this matter be ‘closed at this stage’?

Despite an assurance given by the FTC nearly a month ago, and a page three printed assurance given by the Sunday Sun nearly a week ago, the names of the ‘winners’ still have NOT been published.

I am afraid I do not consider this matter closed at all.

And I have still to receive ANY response from the Minister responsible for Consumer Affairs.

Adrian Loveridge
13 December 2007

Comment By Barbados Free Press

HOW MUCH MONEY did Opera Telecom give to the Barbados Labour Party as “campaign contributions” ? 😉

The people deserve to know.

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5 responses to “Barbados Government Says Opera Telecom Fraudulent Contest “OK By Us” !

  1. reality check

    This is standard operating procedure for Barbados government. A country of the politicians ( judges and lawyers ), by the politicians and for the politicians.

    studies that are paid for but never adopted, inquiries that have no end and no conclusion and basically no public right to information.

    It all comes down to transparency and accountability.

    This is why the current incumbents have no right to ask Barbadians to be reelected.

    We will see if the DLP addressess these fundamental rights on election call and sets out strict guidelines or will just set up a new trough?

  2. Anonymous

    Don’t worry the BLP doesn’t have too long to go.

  3. Negrocrat

    This is sad. We have reached a new low in Bdos.

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    Yet another week goes by and the Nation still has not printed the list of ‘winners’.

    The FTC says it has a list on ‘winners’, that it has contacted them and verified they are ‘bona fide’.

    So WHY will they not print the list?

  5. TheCritic

    “Let the Buyer Beware”

    Where does the customers responsibility play into this equation. If you are going to throw your money into a lottery shouldnt you understand your odds and how winners are selected? If you do not take the time to do this then you are the fool and a fool and his money are soon parted.

    TheCritic