Safety tips site not cool

Com­pe­ti­tion only for those who like cold calls and spam

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN • al­wyn.viljoen@wit­ness.co.za

READ­ERS have been ask­ing about the carsafety. co. za com­pe­ti­tion for driv­ers to sign up and share the site with four friends for a chance to win R100 000 “cash” and/ or other prize draws.

Our short an­swer is just to delete these e- mails.

If you want to know why, let’s look at that “cash” prize first.

Ac­cord­ing to the terms and con­di­tions, the grand prize of R100 000 “cash pay­ment” will only be made to­wards pay­ing an ex­ist­ing car loan of no less than R50 000, or to buy and regis­ter a new car no older than a 2005 year model for the win­ner, or to buy and regis­ter a car for the win­ner’s fam­ily mem­ber or friend, as long as this per­son is younger than 55.

Carsafety. co. za will also pay the “cash pay­ment” only to a bank or deal­er­ship of the win­ner’s choos­ing, and if the win­ner is not pay­ing off a car debt but buy­ing an­other car, what­ever the R100k does not cover “must be co- fi­nanced by the win­ner”.

An­other con­di­tion is that at least 20 000 “qual­i­fied en­tries” must be re­ceived to­wards the grand prize draw.

A qual­i­fied en­try en­tails “a fully sub­mit­ted form or Face­book or Gmail sign- up with phone num­ber sub­mis­sion, as well as all de­tails of a per­son’s ve­hi­cle- re­lated in­for­ma­tion fol­lowed by four fully sub­mit­ted re­fer­rals with form or Face­book or Gmail sign- up with phone num­ber sub­mis­sion in all cases, then with a full sub­mis­sion of a per­son’s ve­hi­cle re­lated in­for­ma­tion — all ini­ti­ated by a per­son’s own re­fer­ral link ( pro­vided by carsafety. co. za upon a full reg­is­tra­tion)”.

A sim­i­larly con­vo­luted para­graph, which should warn all hope­ful en­trants to heed our ad­vice, reads: “Should fewer than 20 000 qual­i­fied en­tries have been sub­mit­ted by when cam­paign closes, then pro- rata ap­plies to the amount of cash pay­ment: 10 000 qual­i­fied en­tries = R50 000 cash award for grand prize, etc”.

Why those who are will­ing to suf­fer spam for a chance to win should be pe­nalised thus is not made clear by the carsafe ty. co. za do­main, which pur­ports to bring you “tips and car safety in­for­ma­tion, of­fer­ings for var­i­ous car- re­lated prod­ucts, such as ve­hi­cle finance, car as­sist, mo­tor war­ranty, car in­surance, tyre spe­cials, test drives, etc.” The site claims to be the prod­uct of WDC Group Pte Ltd, in Sin­ga­pore, and is promoted lo­cally by its South African rep­re­sen­ta­tives: 3Way Mar­ket­ing ( Pty) Ltd and One Hub, trad­ing as one­hub. co. za

So why does a com­pany in Sin­ga­pore care so much about our road safety? In short, to get your per­sonal de­tails and then spam and cold- call you.

Or, as the com­pany web­site ad­mits: “We will use your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to call you and to send you mar­ket­ing e- mails and SMSes in or­der to bring you tips and car- safety in­for­ma­tion, of­fer­ings for var­i­ous car- re­lated prod­ucts, such as ve­hi­cle finance, car as­sist, mo­tor war­ranty, car in­surance, tyre spe­cials, test drives, etc.”

That is not all. Your en­try means you “fur­ther con­sent to your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion be­ing trans­ferred to a third party in a for­eign coun­try for the pur­pose of stor­ing the in­for­ma­tion”. The per­sonal in­for­ma­tion will be stored in UK.

Con­sent­ing adults, etc

So, if you are okay with re­ceiv­ing “pe­ri­odic in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing prod­ucts, ser­vices, com­pe­ti­tions, spe­cial of­fers and other mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tives”, hurry, be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion ends on May 1 with the lucky draw by May 17, us­ing a ran­dom- num­ber gen­er­a­tor sys­tem.

But note: “no en­try may win any prize, should per­son or his/ her im­me­di­ate rel­a­tive own no ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in his/ her per­sonal pos­ses­sion”.

Also, don’t bother if you have un­paid traf­fic fines, which car safety. co. za deems crim­i­nal, or other re­stric­tions re­lated to driv­ing in South Africa.

Carsafety. co. za also re­serves the right to con­duct an in­ter­nal au­dit that may “in­volve check­ing of in­for­ma­tion sup­plied and other car- safety and finance- re­lated mat­ters”, as well as refuse win­ner se­lec­tion if it feels “that man­date of car safety with a par­tic­u­lar win­ner could be com­pro­mised”.

You have been warned.

WDC GROUP: ‘ We will use your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to call you and to send you mar­ket­ing e- mail’

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