Have to agree with Peter - this discussion has gone on long enough. If you
continue to receive spam from that company, please take it up with them.
Oddly enough, I haven't received any myself, so I only know about it
second-hand via this forum!
Birding-Aus List Owner
On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM, Scottie <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I believe the Balangara thread has already gone on too long, and now list
> member Mark Young has stirred it up to silly levels by making some
> statements that are alarmist and others that are simply wrong (see below).
> The emails are from Mark Pearce at Balangara. He does exist and has
> communicated directly with me several times.
> Although people have quoted chapter and verse of the Spam Act (2003),
> there is no way anyone could mount a case against these guys, as other list
> members have correctly pointed out.
> Perhaps it is time to end the thread -- those claiming the emails are spam
> can use their Delete keys, the rest of us will make our own decisions about
> whether to support the venture which, as I previously said, I have done.
> Peter Scott
> G'day everyone,
> Some interesting discussions on this topic, but I feel that most of you
> made one wrong assumption and missed the point completely on this whole
> issue. And that assumption is that these emails are legitimately sent by
> Balangara. They are not. This is nothing more than a scam set up by other
> parties posing as Balangara to get you to part with your money. If you look
> more closely at the emails you can see some clues to point this out.
> 1. First, as has been pointed out already, very few legitimate
> companies or organisations that are trying to raise funds will do so
> illegally by doing mass mailings that contravene the Spam act(2003). Why
> would any legit org/Co want to create bad publicity that would have the
> opposite effect that they are intending by taking such a course of action?
> 2. If in doubt, check out the company's website and contact them! Has
> anyone yet contacted Mark @ Balangara? I sent him an email this morning
> bringing this issue to his attention. I hope to get a reply from him soon.
> 3. Check the email address of the sender against the email address
> found on the website. The address that comes with the emails is
> mark= But if you go to Balangara's
> website, the email address they supply on their contacts page is
> 4. Don't EVER click on any links in the email! This includes
> unsubscribe options! Really important. If you click on a link thinking you
> are unsubscribing you aren't in fact unsubscribing, in fact the very
> opposite will happen. By clicking on a link in a scam email as this one,
> are in fact confirming to the spammers that your email address is a
> legitimate one. They will then send you more spam and scam emails because
> they know you will respond to them.Regards,
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