South African ISPs Release Spammer Hall of Shame

 

In an effort to fight spam, the Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa
(ISPA) has been maintaining a Spam Hall of Fame.

Started in 2008, the list is regularly updated, and last month 64 spammers and 34 email address resellers were awarded the dubious honor. The organization says getting on the list has actually prompted some spammers to change their ways and agree to adhere to the ISPA’s guidelines. In return, they are removed from the HOS. Here are some of the  latest list spammers to be inducted:

Dynamic Seminars

New Heights 1268 / Jaco Derksen

SA Webs (not SA Web Design)

Ketler Presentations

Brain Power

Worldclass Mobile aka Marketing House

World Class Products

Kaleidoscope Advertising and eMarketing

The Peer Group

The SA Consumer Initiative

While I think this is an admirable undertaking, I’m not sure it really does much good. Sure, a legit company that found itself on the list would likely be very happy to change their ways so they would be removed, but I’m willing to bet the vast majority of the companies on that list are true spammers and couldn’t care less. After all, even the threat of prosecution and stiff fines promised by anti-spam laws doesn’t deter most spammers. They’ll keep right on pumping out their junk and profiting off the 1% who still click on their links despite all the warnings they’ve been giving.

How do you feel about the Spam Hall of Fame? If you were in charge of such an undertaking, who would you induct? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Written by Sue Walsh

0 Comments

  1. Neil Fitzgerald · May 3, 2012

    I’m not sure if this list is global or limited to just South Africa, but I wonder which countries produce the least amount of spam. Imagine being the only unscrupulous ISP in, say, Papua New Guinea. Then it seems like a pretty simple undertaking to harass and/or shame them into closing their doors or changing their ways. Why don’t we have a Spam-onymous group going vigilante on seedy ISPs?

  2. Vanessa Miles · May 3, 2012

    Well, it’s a start. Any sort of effort is welcome. But it doesn’t mean it should stop there. It should be a multi-pronged approach. Ultimately, what will hurt a spammer is his or her or its primary motivation: money. Siphon the money away from spammers by including provisions in anti-spam legislation the ability for the government to freeze assets of those companies or individuals. That will hurt.

    Even jailtime is not so much of a threat anymore. White collar criminals get better treatment, the risk of jail is no longer a deterrent.

    They’re mostly after money. So, get their illegaly-earned money, instead.

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