sms scams - what can be done?

First things first… If you receive a spam SMS you should forward the message to the Australian Media and Communications Authority Spam SMS service on 0429 999 888.

I recommend doing it a few times. This is the proper way to deal with this issue.

Now… for those of you who are the “direct action” type…

Here’s a few things I’ve noticed about the recent SMS scam circulating Australia (and I’ve no doubt the world)…

So, based on what we can find out, a few reasonably strong presumptions can be made…

So how do we either…

  1. Get’s attention that illegal, intrusive and predatory spamming is going on or
  2. Reduce the profitability of the scam to the point where they are forced to reconsider if paying dodgy affiliates is a good idea…?


Their support number, 1800057154, is a toll-free number. This means that THEY PAY FOR THE CALL. If it’s long distance THEY PAY A BIT MORE. Their other support number, 1300650521, is partial pay… i.e. THEY PAY FOR SOME OF THE CALL.

They make $10 a month off every person scammed by these SMS messages… I reckon it would not be too hard to at least make them pay some attention.

Casey John Ellis

Casey John Ellis

founder bugcrowd and, keynote speaker, security strategist

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