The Australian Communications and Media Authority is launching its new reporting tool “Spam SMS” which provides Australians with a quick and easy way to report spam SMS by forwarding messages received to 0429 999 888.
The ACMA will launch “Spam SMS” at 11 am on Wednesday 9 June at the Phoenix Youth Centre in Footscray. The launch will feature artists from Footscray Community Arts Centre X Fear of A Brown Planet’s current project, Hip Hop Academy. Media are welcome to attend.
‘As active mobile phone users, young people are increasingly exposed to targeted SMS marketing messages but may be reluctant or indifferent to reporting spam,’ said ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman.
‘We can actually do a lot to help in this space, but we have to know about it. “Spam SMS” is a simple and convenient way to tell us about spam. All you need to do is forward the message to 0429 999 888 as soon as you receive it.’
The information received by Spam SMS assists the ACMA in its investigations into breaches of the Spam Act, and the ACMA has been very vigilant in spam regulation over the last several years.
The “Spam SMS” launch is part of the Australian Government’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Week.
“Spam SMS” is now fully operational. More information about SMS and the ACMA’s recent successful enforcement outcomes in relation to spam sent by SMS is available at the ACMA website.