We should have an opt out system where the service providers pay for the opt out portion of the message (be it sms).
Currently the consumer has to pay this however SP's will think twice if they are paying for this.
The technical loophole that I mentioned earlier was actually demonstrated today by the latest telemarketing gimmic.
Get a phone call that I can't take while I'm in a meeting. There is a voicemail with goes along the lines of "Press one for us to call you back or press nine to opt-out." Obviously some kind of automated message system.
The problem here is that they could quite easily claim that they gave me the opportunity to opt-out despite the fact that their machine was talking to my machine. Once the voicemail has been captured there is actually no way for me to opt-out and no way for me to identify the caller either.
This already annoys me and this new law would legitimise this practice.
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This brings up a few interesting questions:
1.) Is this message actually FROM +27793495913 ? I've dealt with SMS systems before, and was able to send SMS's from "082" (Yes, those 3 digits, and nothing more)
2.) If that IS the real number (Assuming 0793495913 and 0789305999), this person should be RICA'd. May I please have their full name, ID Number, and home address, as I wish to send them a "STOP" message - In person (As well as potentially getting them arrested for fraud, unless by some freak chance I have actually won some R960,000 in a UK-based promo ;p)
Last edited by Reelix; 13-07-2012 at 03:21 PM.
Recently I commandeered a PC up, and installed ASSP (Anti-Spam-SMTP-Proxy) at the company.
This required a PC, some time spent setting it up, a place in the server room and electricity. Which is company resources, which the spammers are siphoning off (stealing, in other words).
Not only that, recently they've managed to exploit a vulnerability in Exchange 2003 (we've started to lean towards that angle heavily) which allows them to "inject" their spam directly into the Exchange message queue, so that the company's server is sending out spam. More on that sad story here. This means that, should spam traps catch us, we'll be placed on a blacklist (such as maintained by Spamhaus and Spamcop), which means we can't do legitimate business with other companies whose mail servers've blacklisted us. Which, in turn, lead to loss of income.
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Also been getting this annoying krap, what software you recommend?I have an Android device & the call & sms blocking apps are plentiful. My life has become less interupted for sure.
Do you trust a guy who spams you with a message selling you databases that claim to be 'opt-in'. Go figure.
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