Switzerland: Warning about „werbesperre.ch“ and Geminis Marketing AG / How to stop cold sales calls

If anyone of you (or more likely your parents) runs into a Problem with werbesperre.ch / Geminis Marketing GmbH read this thread:
So my mother recently received a phone call from them promising her to stop all unwanted advertisement / selling phone calls for as simply as 85.- per year!
She said „Yes of course I want that!“…

This is a huge scam. See this article in German on srf.ch.
The verbal contract is not legal.
You can send them a letter here (attention – instant download) where you just have to fill in your address and sign.

Whatever you do – don’t call them. It’s not worth your time. The people are unfriendly and unhelpful and will just make you angry.

Why isnt‘ the contract legal?
The person on the phone won’t be telling you that you can do all they do for free. And they won’t tell you the effective cost that will result in saying yes to their services.
All this is against Art. 24 ff. OR (the obligatory right).

If they bother you or someone you know fill in the SECO complaint form: here

You can fight this contract and no one has to pay!

How to do their services yourself in 5 Minutes for free
1. Update your contact data in the Swisscom Directories (local.ch) https://customercenter.local.ch/update (you can add the „Star Entry“ = No Ads later in the update process.
2. Put your Phone Number into the „Robinson-List“. A List most Callcenters relay on for not calling those numbers. Of course, this doesn’t count for foreigin call centers but it’s a good start. http://sdv-konsumenteninfo.ch/selbstregulierung/robinsonlisten/

After 14 Days both entries are online. If you will then receive any advertisement / cold sales call, report the company here: SECO Form

If we all do this we can slowly, step-by-step, eliminate most cold sales calls.

How to sensitize people?
What I’ve found works best is to ask „How do you think they got your number?“. Soon they realize sales people just gather all numbers from some unknown point – or just generate them. They will realize that this can’t be serious business.

Apache Maven Installation on Windows with Eclipse

a little handy guide on how to install Maven with Eclipse on Windows for those who are a bit lost.

This Guide will tell you How to Install Maven, How to get it into Eclipse and how to import a Maven Project.


1. Download Maven from Apache’s homepage: https://maven.apache.org/download.cgi
Take the Binary ZIP Archive download!

2. Extract the folder to whatever location you want.
I suggest you take c:\Program Files where all other programs are stored.
Navigate to the folder until you see „Bin“, „Boot“, „lib“ and the „conf“ folder – Copy the folder path into your Clipboard (CTRL+C).

3. Set up the environment variables
Right Click on your Windows Logo (windows 10) -> System -> „Advanced System Settings“ on the left -> „Environment Variables“ on the bottom.

Under System Variables say „New…“:
Variable Name: M2_HOME
Variable Value: CTRL+V the Path from Step 2
Click OK.

Again, say „New…“:
Variable Name: MAVEN_HOME
Variable Value: CTRL+V the Path from Step 2


Now we have to verify that the Maven Plugin is in Eclipse.

1. Open Eclipse and go to „Help“ -> „Installation Details“

Maven is installed within Eclipse

If you see those two m2e plugins, you can skip to „Import Maven Project“. If you don’t see them follow the next steps on how to install the Maven Plugin.

2. Close the „Installed Software“ and Click again on „Help“ then „Install new Software…“

3. Click on „Add“ and add the following Repository:

Name: m2e
Location: http://download.eclipse.org/technology/m2e/releases

4. Now choose that Repo in „Work with“ and tick the checkbox that shows up.

5. Click Next until you reach the License Agreements – Accept those and click further next until Eclipse starts the installation. Restart Eclipse on prompt.

Import a Maven Project

  1. Go to „File“ -> „Import…“

2. Expand the folder „Maven“ and choose „Existing Maven Project“

3. Choose the Directory you have saved your Project (Git or similar)

4. Hit „Next“ until Eclipse starts working on importing the Project. All dependencies that are needed are installed with this process.