Spammer slammed

February 14th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Auckland-based marketeer Image Marketing Group has been fined a record $120,000 after it admitted sending emails and text messages in 2009 and 2010.

The Department of Internal Affairs, which took action against the two-person company after receiving 500 complaints, said the fine approved by the High Court in Auckland was the largest imposed under the Unsolicited Electronic Communications Act, which came into force in 2007.

IMG sent more than 500,000 emails and 45,000 texts in 2009, admitting some were spam. They invited people to buy its database products and mobile phone antennas.

Justice Mary Peters said IMG sent more spam emails in 2010, but the volumes were not known.

Internal Affairs dropped its action against IMG’s sole director, , as part of the court-approved negotiated settlement.

Battles is a recidivist spammer. Great to see such a large fine. Hopefully he now desist.

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6 Responses to “Spammer slammed”

  1. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Good.

    Fuck off to Nigeria and die of AIDS spammers. (Insert Terrance & Philip face)

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  2. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    Let this be a lesson to you Sancho George.

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  3. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Had a pathetic phishing effort the other day,
    “Please Click Here to remove limitations on your accounts immediately, once this is done
    your online season would not be interrupted and will continue as normal.”

    Never know whether to laugh at their garbled English or wish a plague of boils on their heads.
    $120k sounds like a good start. Here’s to many more.

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  4. Rick Rowling (813 comments) says:

    I would like one punishment for spammers to be “every phone number and email address that you ever use at any time in the future will be published & noted that it belongs to a spammer”.

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  5. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    Now if only “No Circulars” or “No Junk Mail” signs were read and understood by the semi-literate letter box stuffers trying to jam copious amounts of advertising crap through the letter slot – then life would be perfect.

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  6. Mobile Michael (452 comments) says:

    Now, if someone could stop JP Monfort. If you haven’t been spammed by him then you are lucky.

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