Mobile spammers taken to court

Ever received spam messages to your mobile phone? Well three of the companies responsible for sending you unwanted texts are now facing court.

Ever received spam messages to your mobile phone? Well three of the companies responsible for sending you unwanted texts are now facing court.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has taken the companies (MobileGate, Winning Bid, Jobspy) to task for “obtaining a financial advantage” from mobile phone account holders, by creating fabricated dating website profiles.

The three companies were also alleged to have “sent or caused unsolicited text SMS messages to be sent to a number if Australian mobile phone numbers”.

The ACMA alleges the companies participated in activity that broke the Trade Practices Act by deceiving phone users by sending them messages that were designed to entice them into replying at a cost of $5 a message.

The ACMA also alleges that Mobilegate and Winning Bid also sent similar messages promoting fantasy chat services known as Singles Club, AU Singles or Australian Singles Online, also charged at a maximum cost of $5 per message.

It is the first time ACMA has taken companies to court for breaching the Spam Act 2003 using mobile phone text messages.

If found guilty the companies could face penalties up to $1.1 million.

Source: news.com.au

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