The Australian Communications and Media Authority is ramping up its fight against computer virus telemarketers who try to convince a consumer that their computer has a virus they can remove for a fee, announced ACMA.
“In the first three months of 2011, nearly half of all complaints about telemarketing calls made to numbers on the Do Not Call Register have been about these types of calls,” said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.
To stop consumers from receiving these calls, the ACMA said it has begun a targeted compliance campaign aimed at businesses that offer online virus removal and technical support.
The compliance initiative includes formal investigations into four separate computer virus companies, ACMA said.
“Australian consumers have had enough, so we’re telling these telemarketers, ‘Do Not Call,'” Mr Chapman said. “Telemarketers that are investigated by the ACMA run the risk of incurring penalties of up to $110,000 per day.”
The Do Not Call Register is a free Federal Government service where Australians can register their numbers to opt out of telemarketing calls and marketing faxes.