Body helps you get rid of unwanted spam [Cape Times (South Africa)]
(Cape Times (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA) provides consumers with some protection against those annoying, unwanted personal commercials - it runs its own opt-out register, and the names on this register are made available to paid-up members on a monthly basis.
If you register your name on that (go to www.dmasa.org and click on Opt Out) most of your unwanted "spam" will stop. But non-association members may still harass you.
If you've told an e-mail spammer to stop and they haven't, e-mail ISPA: queries@|ispa.org.za
Unsurprisingly, their hall of shame is a long list of local companies that don't respond to such requests: www.ispa.|org.za.
Try Part 3 of Geof Kirby's anti-spam plan, described above.
l Richard Herman of the UK has created a website - www.saynotocoldcalls.com - in which he advises others how to go about tackling unwanted phone spam.
He had another big victory last month. He went after a law firm, which wrongly claimed he had had an accident, for damages under the UK's Privacy and Electronic Communications Act.
He said they had committed 35 breaches of law and demanded £10 000. The firm agreed to pay him £5 000 in an out-of-court settlement.
"Each time they cold-called me I charged them £160 in damages and a further £160 for refusing to reveal who they were," Herman told the Sunday Post. "It soon added up."
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