[LINK] mobile phone spam

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Mon Jun 16 13:44:16 AEST 2008

Fred writes,

> Sorry folks - I cleary haven't described the situation well enough.

Yes you did. It wasn't at all hard to understand exactly what you meant.

> No-one sent a message to anyone. These people, my daughter included, 
> received an *unsolicited* text message .. From the minute the message
> was received, the sender had some legal ability to deduct money from her

Fred, I'll repeat what I said. Mobile phones are covered by the Fed Gov
Do Not Call register. However, this register is currently only for voice
calls, though, it also does cover text-TTY services for hearing-loss folk.

So, a very small change in the legislation would make SMS text-spams also
covered by the existing do-not-call legislation, and therefore illegal.

Let's see someone try to scam money from an illegal SMS spam then! Provided
people DNC-enter their mobile number, with a very small law-ammendment, all
such uninitiated mobile SMS spam would be illegal (scam or not). One could
completely ignore SMS spam, and if Telstra etc deduct mobile account funds,
then they would be aiding & abetting an illegal act. SMS scams etc solved?

Cheers Fred
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia

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