DIA’s Anti-Spam Team Joins Twitter



24 May 2011

The Department of Internal Affairs’ Anti-Spam Compliance Unit has established a Twitter profile –AntiSpamInfoNZ – to alert the public and New Zealand businesses to the latest scams and inform them of its work.

The unit was established to enforce the Unsolicited Electronic Message Act 2007, combating commercial electronic spam, which can assist a sender to profit dishonestly by taking advantage of people.

Fraudsters use a range of means to promote their scams including email, text via SMS (short message service), telephone, fax, letters, and online trading or social networking websites. They also employ “phishing” attacks to obtain personal and financial information from unwitting recipients who may think that the sender is legitimate.

Anti-Spam senior investigator, Toni Demetriou, says the Twitter account will contribute to the unit’s public education programme.

“We regularly hear about people being scammed so we look to prevention through education and awareness. If we can publicise these scams and alert the public and industry to them, then we may be able to prevent people responding to them.

“We will use Twitter to alert the public to the latest scams press releases and other information to help them be wary of scammers and their constantly evolving tactics. We will also tweet about what the team is doing to enforce the Act. Our enforcement action includes formal warnings, infringement notices and prosecutions.”

The link to Twitter can be found on the unit’s homepage.

The unit has been enforcing the Act since September 2007 and has resolved thousands of complaintsusing the online Spam Complaints Form.

Media contact:

Trevor Henry, senior communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 0275 843 679

The twitter profile can be found here >>>>

Dutch OPTA Tough on Spam

We all get sick and tired of it: spam, cluttering out mailboxes with useless and more than once even dangerous emails. Worldwide, legislative initiatives are being taken to combat this abuse of internet facilities, which includes fines or even jail terms.

ANP newsservice in the Netherlands reported that a man had been fined EURO 250,000 for by telecom watchdog OPTA upon finding out his firm had been sending out at least 21 million spam messages which resulted in almost 400 complaints via the Dutch spam complaint site Spamklacht (http://www.spamklacht.nl).

The man who has not been named by OPTA, had received a previous warning 4 years ago and now faces an additional EURO 5,000 fine for every day that his company sends out spam. From other news sources it transpired that the owner of Serinco Benelux (http://www.serincobenelux.nl) an Alphen aan de Rijn based software and "internet promo" company, been first warned in 2004 about violating the anti-spamlaws.  In 2007 the Dutch regulator had confiscated evidence during a raid on the man's house and is understood to have received more information about spamming activities more recently.

In an interview with the German Press Agency dpa, the man, understood to be Reinier Schenkhuizen, denied that his company had sent 21 million spam emails and would appeal the decision. Allegedly the OPTA has not understood that emails sent by his clients automatically contained some information about his company because it is integrated in the software.

It is great seeing that a tough stace is being takem against spam. According to some statistics spam is making up around 80% of all the worlds email traffic and wasting about 33 billion kwh of energy a year, enough to power 2.1 million US homes. Other reports claim a well over $800 loss per employee per year as a result of spam. Time to get really tough I would imagine.

Dutch News http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2009/07/spammer_fined_250000.php
Topnews.in: http://www.topnews.in/dutch-telecoms-regulator-fines-spammer-250000-euros-2194590
Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/apr/15/spam-mcafee-symantec-emails-environment


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