A lot of SPAM marketers claim that they are complying with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and so they are lawfully clogging your email inbox
… Only problem with this is that CAN-SPAM is a USA Act signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 16, 2003.
Australian Anti-Spam laws are a little different.
As defined by the ACMA:
The Spam Act 2003 prohibits the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages—known as spam—with an Australian link. A message has an Australian link if it originates or was commissioned in Australia, or originates overseas but was sent to an address accessed in Australia.
The only exemption is a clause known as ‘inferred consent‘
– if your email address is conspicuously published & not accompanied by a statement that commercial messages are not wanted. Which is why I add “Unsolicited Commercial Contact Unwelcome” or words to that effect to the footer of every site I publish.
Does it make a difference?
I take the approach that every little bit helps – and reporting spam can help build a database of serial offenders.
The ‘Snake-oil Salesman’ is frequently featured in the old westerns – peddling a supposed cure-all with a scripted banter hyping a myriad of benefits – all completely untrue … Until the townspeople run them out of town!
Well beware …
A new salesman is in town preying on businesses who just want to have their sites appear at the top of Google Searches.
“With this new amazing technique I can guarantee your listing will appear at the top & on maps as well … look at this lovely site I have already built for you (simply a wordpress template with a few minor changes). We only work with Australian businesses (But our company is registered in New Delhi) & besides … we already have signed up your competitors – so don’t miss out!!!”
Just like the snake-oil salesman’s pitch, there’s not a word of truth in the above & it’s about time someone started forming a posse to run this thieving lot out of town.
Think about it …
How many top places do you suppose Google has to sell?
And do you think they outsource the selling to a New Delhi based outfit called “aussieseoexperts.online”?