Over a hundred thousand people read Barbados Free Press every month. One would think that a few of our readers would know first hand of a Opera Interactive “lucky number” winner.
The media, the government and Opera Interactive have all said that winners exist and that the names will be published “shortly” (which was months ago).
Okay, let’s see how many winners are known by our BFP readers…
Let’s hear the names of the winners folks!
UPDATED: We just received this letter from Adrian Loveridge to the Fair Trading Commission, which speaks for itself…
Way back in September (2007), I wrote to you about a company registered in Barbados called Opera Interactive (Barbados) Limited, which was eventually identified as the company operating a number of call and text-in premium rate competitions.
You responded by letter dated 14th November 2007 (ref: 3/12/4 (648) stating among other things that you had been given a list of ‘winners’ in the Barbados Lucky Numbers competition and that you had contacted these ‘winners’ by phone and that they were ‘bona fide’.
You also stated that you had instructed Opera Interactive (Barbados) Limited in your words to ‘be more transparent and publicize the winners of its competition in the media’.
On Saturday 1st December the Saturday Sun printed a page three article stating that they were going to print a list of ‘winners’ soon.
Nearly three weeks later, Nation Publishing Company still has not printed a list of ‘winners’ and consumers like myself are left sadly with the view that the Fair Trading Commission is absolutely powerless to ensure its own directives are enforced and implemented.
28th December 2007
Copied to Roxanne Gibbs – Editor The Nation