Domainz Comments On Second ING Spamming 26 April 2002 An Australian-based Internet Service Provider has "spammed" thousands of .nz Internet domain name-holders with an unsolicited letter, creating fear and uncertainty, in a bid to extract money from New Zealand Internet users. The chief executive of .nz domain registry Domainz, Derek Locke, said today that New Zealand name holders should ignore the letter headed "Registration Advice" that had come from Internet Name Protection Pty Ltd today. "The letter asks for $125.00 and is calculated to instil doubt in name holders' minds and designed to extract money," he said. He said that Domainz was considering legal action against the service provider which Domainz believed was the same provider that was suspended last year for sending unsolicited bulk mail to .nz domain name holders. That provider was Internet Name Group. "We are pursuing investigating all legal avenues to put a stop to these people," he said. "We've had over 300 calls today from people who are concerned about this unsolicited mail". Yet another fear-based 'spam attack' by already suspended internet service provider, ING has been met with legal action by prompted the.nz domain registry, Domainz to investigate legal options to prevent the sending of unsolicited bulk e-mail to .nz domain name holders. "In our view This irresponsible Australian-based service provider is being completely irresponsible unscrupulous in its pursuit of business in New Zealand," said Mr Locke. He said ING had tried the same tactic several months ago with a spam attack that involved a letter headed up "Protect Your Domain Name". "We suspended ING then as a .nz provider last year and they remain suspended. We understand from a recent press release that They are also suspended in their home country and currently subject to an investigation by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission" said Mr Locke.
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