The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has published its a Hall of Shame to reveal, name and shame 57 local e-mail spammers and 32 South African e-mail address resellers in a campaign to deal with local unsolicited bulk e-mail (also known as spam).
ISPA has pointed out the reality that there is at present a considerable increase in the generation of local spam, and even though ISPA’s members do their utmost to keep spam out of their customers’ inboxes, this certainly does come at a price.
The most current ISPA Hall of Shame includes the names of several widely recognized spammers in South Africa, among them Dynamic Seminars, New Heights 1268 / Jaco Derksen, SA Webs and Ketler Presentations.
Even though some names and brands continue to keep showing up on the ISPA Hall of Shame, the campaign has turned out to be a roaring success with numerous ‘offenders’ endeavoring to alter their methods in an effort to be taken off the list.
Top ten spammers listed in the ISPA Hall of Shame are:
New Heights 1268 / Jaco Derksen
SA Webs (not SA Web Design, see note below)
Worldclass Mobile aka Marketing House
The Peer Group
The SA Consumer Initiative
Pinny Barak – Bizweb
Promo Mail SA
To view full list CLICK HERE
Address resellers identified are:
Peter Van Wyk – Media Online (not The Media Online, see note below)
Jonathan Schoeman: BP Media & SMSCity
Email Marketing South Africa
To view full list CLICK HERE
In the event that you receive SPAM below is a template that will assist you and be most useful in getting results and stop spam messages. (This template can also be found here – http://www.internet.org.za/spam_message.txt)
On [insert date here], I received the following message from you:
| Blah, blah, blah
Since this is a commercial message, and since I have not requested to be placed on your mailing list, this message constitutes an unsolicited communication in terms of section 45 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (Act 25 of 2002).
In terms of section 45(4) of this Act, this message serves as notification that I do not wish to receive any further communications from you. Failure to comply with this request constitutes a criminal offense in terms of the ECT Act.
Additionally, I hereby request that you immediately disclose where you obtained my contact details, as per section 45(1) of the ECT Act. Failure to respond to this request also constitutes a criminal offense.
I note that your original message did not provide me with an option to cancel my subscription to your mailing list, as required by section 45(1) of the Act. This means that you may already have committed an offense in terms of section 45(3) of the Act, and may be subject to prosecution.
Should you wish to familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation, or check my facts, a copy of the ECT Act is available on-line via the Government’s web site: http://www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=68060
Your co-operation in this matter will be appreciated.
Signed (your name)
DONT SPAM ME, PLEASE
The National Consumer Commission is at present contemplating establishing a registry whereby South Africans will be able to opt out of direct marketing, approximately 70 000 consumers have already registered with Direct Marketing Association of Southern Africa (https://www.nationaloptout.co.za/) national opt-out or “do not contact me” database.
This is maintained and run by the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMA), which at present has in excess of 300 members representing 95% of direct marketers in South Africa. The opt out database was established by the organisation on behalf of its members in 2007. It has approximately 70 000 registrations and is growing by less than 0.01% each month. If you want to stop being contacted by members of the DMA – simply register today.