Abusing promotional codes- is it an illegal act of fraud?

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Found 14th Jun 2009
If you break a websites Terms of Use are you committing an illegal act of fraud and if so what might the penalty be?

For example, you use a promotional discount code on a website to get £5 off your order. The Terms of Use state that you may only use this code one time only. However, you use the code again a second or third time.

Is it the websites responsibility to make sure you dont breach their terms of use? If you were to break it, would you be breaking the law and if so, what might the penalty be? Simply pay back the £5? Or go to jail?
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Or go to jail?



Internet = Serious Business
They'll chop off yer hands so that you will not be able to use a keyboard again............................ honest.

seriously though who giz a crap?
Most websites do stop users from entering the same code twice. However, some get round this by using different e-mail addresses. Surely if you got found out, you would have to pay the cost of the discount you received? Thats my guess anyway
I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery codes last year
Surely once it's on the net it's in the public domain and thus open to all?

Otherwise they'd just create user-specific codes...
My advice, if you can't do yhe time, don't do the crime!
boothy;5492693

I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery … I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery codes last year



seriously????
czar.nik;5492965

seriously????



yes,even though it was an open prison it was really bad........I have learnt my lesson will never use codes again
haha idiots
boothy;5492693

I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery … I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery codes last year



i lol'd hard boothy mate nice one!
boothy;5492693

I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery … I did 3 months in jail for abusing Marks and Spencer's free delivery codes last year



Why such a light sentence?

I had to spend 8 months behind bars for using a code which was only meant to be used for Uni students. £5 off i think it was

Got hit with a £80 fine aswell

Bad times
czar.nik;5492965

seriously????



Oh my gosh - I so can't believe you just said that
http://openbytes.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/vicky_pollard_398833a.jpg
Banned
I got 85 days community service its nothing really. Well worth the £50 saving.
Is it only me who got life sentence for using tesc0 vouchers?:x











:-D:-D:-D
Banned
Marina;5494192

Is it only me who got life sentence for using tesc0 vouchers?:x



You're supposed to claim insanity, that'll teach you for using a Tesco value law firm
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