CUSTOMERS 'PUMMELLED' WITH SPAM - SPARK SAYS SURGE TO BLAME
Last updated 10:59, January 17 2018
One customer said she was near her data cap because of the extra email volume.
Spark says a surge in spam is to blame for customers' accounts being flooded with messages.
Customers have been complaining about being "pummelled" with spam over recent days.
One, Suzie Benfell, said: "My email account is so overrun with spam emails I've just about given up. I contact Spark and all I get sorry there is a issue and we are working on it."
Others complained on Spark's Facebook page. Some said they were getting hundreds of junk messages a day.
Petra Zoe said: "The spam is increasing despite moving items to the spam filter. In 24 hours, I've moved about 60 items to the spam folder. It's too much."
In addition the phishing still goes on but not as bad as it was a few months back.
I was a bit worried that it is just our computer, smartphones and iPads that were affected but according to the community web-pages I communicate with many other people are having the same problems.
As if that's not bad enough over the last several months (up here at any rate) we have been getting scam phone calls. How this works is that a call from overseas (Ukraine, Russia, China etc) comes through with the caller ID of a New Zealand number like 'Blenheim', 'Napier' etc with the appropriate regional number. When you answer this there is no answer and the call is disconnected. It's a bait to try and get you to call back on the number. I don't know exactly how this aids them but I assume that it registers your phone number as active and one that can be on-sold to crooks, scumbags and bastards. It doesn't sound much but these computer-generated calls could capture millions of numbers this way.
As I said before - what's wrong with these people?