Greenstone, Cayenne Red and their scam iPad competition

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  1. Laura Farren says:

    There has been so many suspect competitions on fb lately from big companys too, and a massive organisation on Twitter recently did a competition were all the prizes went to ‘executive’ types living in and around london, magazine editors programe writers all Men of a simeler age,

  2. Marlene says:

    I worked at Cayenne Red for a month & left and am sure they are capable of playing such scams.

  3. Mix says:

    Is there an IPM or ASA for the USA?

  4. You should be a PI. Great investigative work!

  5. Clydebear says:

    Would you not just go buy an iPad?

  6. Jax Blunt says:

    Good work!

  7. Capital_7 says:

    Fantastic! You’re amazing!

  8. Nicole Chiddy says:

    lol love this! Excellent work.

  9. John Incognito says:

    Everyone be sure to leave feedback on Greenstone’s company ‘Contact Us’ form.

  10. juliebooth says:

    Well done Detective Di!!

  11. Dafydd Young says:

    Kez Barnaby (and now me) is the only person to have commented on Greenstone’s Google+ page, too. And they had the cheek to try and make her look like a satisfied customer!

    Greenstone: https://plus.google.com/107944296182187393790/
    CayenneRed: https://plus.google.com/105883522899850958806/
    Kez Barnaby: https://plus.google.com/103416642539734512938/

  12. Loobs39 says:

    Well done you – great detective work.

  13. Angela Wilson says:

    You are Fab Di! just spurred me on to chase up another failed comp entry and mention IPM and ASA Xx

  14. Rod Jones says:

    Hopefully the rival estate agencies in the area will get wind of this and print copies (LOTS of copies) for any customers as they walk through the door.

    After all, if someone can’t even run a competition fairly, why would you trust them with a tenancy or a house sale?

  15. pinksy says:

    Congrats on featuring in this week’s B3ta newsletter Di!

  16. Miss N says:

    Really well written and investigated, congratulations on uncovering a scam. Well, not one, but two! Lies inside of lies, wrapped up in a fake promotion. I applaud you.

  17. Chris says:

    Well done Di. Lets get this on Watchdog or something. You have worked hard and deserve recognition. Also these scams need to be exposed to the wider audience. Great work.

  18. yclark says:

    Di Kez and Will are still friends on facebook on her personal account she will have blocked you as she has done to me and most likely quite a few others. She also has Duncan Cumming on her friends list.

  19. coombemill says:

    Best read all day!

  20. Helen Grounds says:

    I wondered if you had found more about the second “winner”. What utter prats. Bit lost what to put this under as asks about what advertisement it is and I want to report these tits and show them this is not on!

  21. cherylp59 says:

    Forget Superlucky, you’re a Supersleuth !! 🙂

  22. Petra Beck says:

    Sherlock Holmes would have been proud of you, Di!

  23. Heather Playdon says:

    Brilliant Di! And dare I say entertaining too?!

  24. Sarahmumof3 says:

    naughty naughty but not surprising, great post Di

  25. cakesphotoslife (Angie) says:

    Great post as usual Di, I never heard back from the gentleman I emailed re a competition 🙁

  26. Lisa Johnson says:

    Great blog, follow your posts a lot and find it an eye opener to what really happens on competitions xx

  27. Companzee_Aaron says:

    Absolutely brilliant work Di!!!! The worrying thing is you’re not even supposed to announce winners on Facebook according to their pages guidelines for running competitions: https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php” Part E, point vi. You must not notify winners through Facebook, such as through Facebook messages, chat, or posts on profiles (timelines) or Pages.” so it’s only through their stupidity of posting the supposed ‘winner’ that you were able to investigate it.

  28. Once again Di brilliant!

  29. Penelope Hewitt says:

    Di that’s amazing detective work, shame that these companies feel it is ok to con people, and treat people like idiot’s. But glad you were there to catch them out.

  30. Jean says:

    Brilliant work Di, and it just shows that they must think everyone is stupid!

  31. Louise Nicole Hutchings says:

    Great detective work Di! Thanks for a great blog 🙂 x

  32. Christina Curtis says:

    I love this post. Nice to see all the information in order and clearly written! I cannot actually believe how crazy this is – If they really did not understand PR and wanted to look they did with some fast likes they should of gave away something that could actually have awarded!! Didn’t have to be a huge spend and shocking to see these people have “years of experience” in Driving online Sales and Marketing. They seem totally clueless to me. Thanks for blogging Di.

  33. Gigi Huesch says:

    God, that is funny, and scary. I have entered so many of those things here in Australia…I feel very naive all of a sudden!

  34. Rebecca Phillips says:

    I cannot wait to see what happens! Do they think people are stupid!?

  35. Jane English says:

    Thanks again Detective Di for getting to the bottom of this. It makes me feel so cheated. We all know the chance of winning an iPad is slim, I mean 100’s if not 1000′ s of people enter these competitions, but we all know someone who has been lucky enough to win which keeps us entering.

    I noticed the hand going off the screen & thought it was suspicious but being my trust worthy me gave them the benefit of the doubt, I hate the L&S competition but if you want to win things on FB that is the way lots of smaller companies do it.

    FB aren’t interested in us – heck if they won’t stop child pornography what chance has a L&S competition of being removed!

    Unless we all boycott – which is highly unlikely – then I assume the L&S are here to stay.

    Thanks again Di – sorry about the ramble

  36. Perfection. Now lets share this!

  37. shea wong says:

    FYI, Kez just doesn’t ‘work’ for them, she’s the lead Social Media marketer – https://www.facebook.com/KezBarnabyCreative/posts/365771720203543 – and is wearing a clunky white watch in several photo shoots on her timeline photos, most notably her ‘candy store’ shoot, and some shot of her talking about how purple is awesome or something. Giant, clunky, white watch, same as in the live video draw.

  38. darren longthorne says:

    well done di for bringing this to our attention !

  39. Haze ;0) says:

    Ha I wondered where their page had gone! Well done on your detective work there x

  40. Annie Taylor says:

    Makes for depressing reading doesn’t it. Do you remember a similar comp run by Plumbworld at the end of last year, also offering an ipad as the prize. Same scenario, someone winning who’d suddenly ‘liked’ the comp after the closing date. The surname (an unusual one) of the winner was also the same as their web designer I believe. I dug around and found them on linked in and other sites. The Facebook page of the ‘winner’ was also brand spanking new. It was all very dodgy. I and several other folks kicked up a fuss. I hadn’t even entered but was very cross about the whole thing. I note the Plumbworld Facebook page is no longer with us. May they (not) rest in peace. Well done for this Di, it’s shameful that this kind of thing seems to happen with monotonous regularity. At least we can do something about it on Facebook, and you’re doing a lot more than most, but you do have to wonder how many comps were dodgy and how prizes were never awarded back in the days before the www.

    • I don’t recall that Plumbworld one Annie, but there have been many others where the company deleted the Facebook or Twitter account and all evidence of the scam is gone. I didn’t want that to be the case here, and with the help of screenshots from various compers managed to piece it all together. Hopefully this will remain a great public example of when it all goes wrong!

  41. Helen Humphries says:

    Way to confound public expectations about the integrity of Estate Agents!! Great work Di.

  42. h_igoe says:

    I am shocked, whats wrong with these people??? I hate like and share comps too and although I do the odd one or two I try and avoid at all costs and you have given me my best avoid reason yet!

  43. Nickie says:

    Must. Not. Go. To. St. John’s. Wood.

    I feel like printing this out and going up there, all Matt Allwight-stylee.

  44. almostwitty says:

    I’m personally still trying to figure out why an estate agency thinks that having a bunch of people like them on Facebook will win them more clients or customers…

  45. Diane Wood says:

    I’m amazed at how many friends of companies ‘win’ their prizes – it’s about time there was proper adjudication on these competitions

    • Nickie says:

      I’m not. There’s just no punishment – ASA just say ‘bad! bad!’ and that’s the end of it. Often times they can’t even ‘prove’ it and nothing happens. Skillens are back as before, and in a few weeks, we’ll have moved on and Greenstones will be back, with several hundred extra followers. It’s a shame. 🙁

  46. almostwitty says:

    Let me just share this with my BBC chums, just in case… 😉

  47. mummyglitzer says:

    Good for you!

    As another point, isn’t liking/sharing pages as a mandatory prize draw entry, against Facebook’s T&Cs? Sure someone said that to me!

  48. Vakhida says:

    brilliant post, thanks for this Di..x

  49. Irene Howson says:

    Nice one.

  50. Kaye Wilkinson says:

    *round of applause from me!* :O)

  51. bubbaloves says:

    I love the way these always get found out ! … there are some great detectives out there in comp land so companies beware. Well done to everyone who found these out

  52. steven says:

    Awesome – PR sure is a powerful tool eh?

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