[LINK] FW: MR131/2011: The ACMA targets computer virus telemarketers [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Mar 24 21:58:30 AEDT 2011

And it only took eight years...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: media at acma.gov.au [mailto:media at acma.gov.au] 
> Sent: Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:38 PM
> To: tomkoltai
> Subject: MR131/2011: The ACMA targets computer virus 
> telemarketers [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
> 24 March 2011
> The ACMA targets computer virus telemarketers 
> The Australian Communications and Media Authority is ramping 
> up its fight against computer virus telemarketers who try to 
> convince a consumer that their computer has a virus they can 
> remove for a fee. 
> 'In the first three months of 2011, nearly half of all 
> complaints about telemarketing calls made to numbers on the 
> Do Not Call Register have been about these types of calls,' 
> said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. 'The ACMA understands that 
> while some businesses offer a legitimate virus prevention or 
> removal service, many are falsely claiming to be related to 
> reputable companies, such as Microsoft.' 
> To stop consumers from receiving these calls, the ACMA has 
> begun a targeted compliance campaign aimed at businesses that 
> offer online virus removal and technical support. 
> The compliance initiative includes formal investigations into 
> four separate computer virus companies. In addition, the ACMA is: 
> -working closely with Voice over Internet Protocol providers 
> to identify rogue telemarketers 
> -cooperating with international regulators on developing 
> strategies to tackle this global problem 
> -working closely with the ACCC as some of these businesses 
> may be contravening consumer law.
> 'Australian consumers have had enough, so we're telling these 
> telemarketers, 'Do Not Call,'' Mr Chapman said. 
> 'Telemarketers that are investigated by the ACMA run the risk 
> of incurring penalties of up to $110,000 per day.' 
> The Do Not Call Register is a free Federal Government service 
> where Australians can register their numbers to opt out of 
> telemarketing calls and marketing faxes. To register call 
> 1300 792 958 or visit www.donotcall.gov.au. 
> More information about this telemarketing scam is available 
> at: www.acma.gov.au/pcvirustelemarketingscam. 
> You can report a scam to the ACCC's SCAMwatch or by calling 
> 1300 795 995. The ACCC also recently released an alert about 
> this telemarketing scam. 
> For more information or to arrange an interview please 
> contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 
> 652 063 or media at acma.gov.au. 
> # # # 
> The ACMA is Australia's regulator for broadcasting, the 
> internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The 
> ACMA's strategic intent is to make communications and media 
> work in Australia's public interest. For more information: 

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