Australian Communications and Media Authority has my full support on stamping out scams

Australian Communications and Media Authority has my full support on stamping out scams

I visited my Aunt last week while visiting Queensland and could not believe the number of scam phone calls she copped during my short visit. I then reflected the number of scam calls I get on my mobile and at my own home.

It was therefore pleasing to see that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has today released its Combating Scams report which recommends new enforceable obligations on telcos and the immediate commencement of trials for a number of scam reduction initiatives.

The trials aim to reduce common phone scams such as malicious ‘spoofing’, where scammers disguise their number to make it look like calls are coming from a trusted organisation, and ‘Wangiri’ scams, where scammers ring once from an international number with high premium charges for those who call back.

Of course, this is just a couple of scams and should not be the only ones stopped.

I would like to see if they go further and impose serious penalties on unsolicited sales calls in general where the person has listed their phone number on the do not call website.

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