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spidermonkey
Hi my friend recently was about to be towed and recieved a text from some company tellng him. We then rushed to his car and there we found a warden who had indeed called for a tow truck. We drove off and luckily all he had was the £50 ticket as opposed to £250 if he had been towed away. He told me he was subcribed to a service call towalert, apparently you text TOWALERT to 66800 and they register your car and stuff and send you messages if your gonna be towed. Has anyone else tried this service? I registered yesterday its only £2 a month.

Neil B
how can that work? it would involve a breach of DPA wouldn't it. Maybe even the Council doing it themselves?
muckychimney
Cant say ive heard of it, ive just done a quick Google and nowt on there either ?

How do they know your car is about to get towed ?

Sounds a good idea but sounds dodgy at the same time..... scammers getting money again by offering a tow alert service ? we'll take £2.00 a month instead of £300 lump sum.... nice steady cash flow for them.

I'd steer well clear ! its gotta be a scam.
ppcrevenge




I bet they send you quite a few texts at £1.50 each 

I cant see how it could possibly work and therefore to my simple mind it has to be a scam 

Neil B
It's nonsense. They can't know. 250+ Councils and hundreds of thousands of streets to monitor!

Now if they gave horse racing results 10 minutes early i'd pay the £2.





muckychimney
Me tinks spidermonkey has been trying to pull a fast one, since weve shot him down he's disappeared off the forum
ManxRed
Do you think spidermonkey might have a slice of the 'text TOWALERT to 66800' revenue pie or am I being cynical?
Teufel
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

hee hee hee

ho ho ho ho ho
muckychimney
QUOTE (ManxRed @ Thu, 21 May 2009 - 18:13) *
Do you think spidermonkey might have a slice of the 'text TOWALERT to 66800' revenue pie or am I being cynical?

Andy would be good to reply to this in hong kong phooey stylee.....could beeee laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif
spidermonkey
Hi Im back had to go out. No not a fast one apparently i spoke to someone via there call centre and he told me that it is not legal to listn to councils however they are recieving the information third party so are not liable. Apparently the guys who provide the information re motorists/eco guys who feel in this current climate it is outrageous to still be towing people. There i a similar service in the US. And no im not part of it gents. I only recieved two texts so far one to register and one after i sent them my car details. But ow thanks for feedback. I,ve only paid £4 at present o dont feel scammed, but we'ill see.

O and its only London coverage
Neil B
QUOTE (spidermonkey @ Thu, 21 May 2009 - 18:55) *
 after i sent them my car details.

You'll know then if one of the three other identical ones that now exist get towed! LOL


muckychimney
    QUOTE (spidermonkey @ Thu, 21 May 2009 - 18:55) *
    and he told me that it is not legal to listn to councils however they are recieving the information third party so are not liable.


    Anyone who intends to listen to radio transmissions should be aware of the following:

    A licence is not required for a radio receiver as long as it is not capable of transmission as well (The Wireless Telegraphy Apparatus (Receivers) (Exemption) Regulations 1989 (SI 1989 No 123). The exception to this is that it is an offence to listen to unlicensed broadcasters (pirates) without a licence. Licences are not issued for this purpose.

    Although it is not illegal to sell, buy or own a scanning or other receiver in the UK, it must only be used to listen to transmissions meant for GENERAL RECEPTION. The services that you can listen to include Amateur and Citizens' Band transmissions, licensed broadcast radio and weather and navigation broadcasts.

    It is an offence to listen to any other radio services unless you are authorised by a designated person to do so.

    There are two offences under law:

    Under Section 5(1)(b) of the WT Act 1949 it is an offence if a person "otherwise than under the authority of a designated person,

    either:

    (i) uses any wireless telegraphy apparatus with intent to obtain information as to the contents, sender or addressee of any message whether sent by means of wireless telegraphy or not, of which neither the person using the apparatus nor a person on whose behalf he is acting is an intended recipient;

    This means that it is illegal to listen to anything other than general reception transmissions unless you are either a licensed user of the frequencies in question or have been specifically authorised to do so by a designated person. A designated person means:

    the Secretary of State;
    the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; or
    any other person designated for the purpose by regulations made by the Secretary of State.
    or:

    (ii) except in the course of legal proceedings or for the purpose of any report thereof, discloses any information as to the contents, sender or addressee of any such message, being information which would not have come to his knowledge but for the use of wireless telegraphy apparatus by him or by another person."

    This means that it is also illegal to tell a third party what you have heard.

    With certain exceptions, it is an offence under Section 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for a person - "intentionally and without lawful authority to intercept, at any place in the United Kingdom, any communication in the course of its transmission by means of:

    a public postal service; or
    a public telecommunication system."
    It is similarly an offence to intercept any communication in the course of its transmission by means of a private telecommunication system.

    This means that it is illegal to listen to telephone calls, including mobile phone networks which are designated as forming part of the public telecommunications system.


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    http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archive/ra/..._info/ra169.htm
    Neil B
    I think he was implying it might be employees of TRACE behind it? again i doubt it and not even sure when they know what.

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    dave-o
    It is a rather convenient story.....
    BAILIFFCHASER
    Looks like a advert.
    spidermonkey
    I dont get how its convenient ad convenient for you. I pretty much saw it worked subscribed and have now gone online to see if anyone new about it as i was now a member. So joined this forum for the sole purpose of finding out about the sevice. Didnt realise i'd be inundated with accusations and cheap one liners. thought this was a serious ca site for info didnt realise it was a social networking site. My apologies will log off never to return


    looks like an advert have you seen what your profile looks like
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