Wednesday, October 28, 2009

$15.8m fine for spam - - 24 Oct 09

THE operators of a mobile phone text scam that preyed on the desperate and dateless were yesterday slammed with $15.8million in fines for breaching anti-spam laws.

The fine, from Queensland's Federal Court, makes the operators -- who posted fake personals profiles on dating websites to harvest mobile phone numbers and lure men to pay up to $5 per message for SMS sex chat services -- the recipients of Australia's largest spam penalty.

It trumped the West Australian Federal Court's October 2006 imposition of $5.5m in fines against email marketing company Clarity1, of which $1m was levied against managing director Wayne Mansfield.

It was also the first time the Australian Communications and Media Authority had taken legal action over SMS spam.

By Andrew Colley

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