Two UK spammers have been fined $700,000 for conducting a spam text message campaign.
The two UK residents, Christopher Niebel and Gary McNeish, reportedly sent out 800,000 spam text messages per day from their company, Tetrus Telecoms.
The text messages were sent on behalf of claims management companies looking for compensation cases to pass on to lawyers.
The messages read: “CLAIM TODAY, you may be entitled to £3500 for the accident you had. To CLAIM free reply CLAIM to this message. To opt out text STOP”.
Apparently, the company would burn through 70 SIM cards each and every day, using each one until its SMS limit had been reached.
The two claim that the company had permission to send the texts because the recipients had consented to being contacted.