Deanna has been getting some spam from a company called Communicado, she decided to deal with it by writing back to them and and letting them know that the emails were illegal:

Subject: Bill for damages for illegal commercial email received

Regarding the following unsolicited commercial emails to a personal mail box with no prior business relationship.

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All these emails have been received from domains and servers owned by World trading Partners (BVI 1611097) and Communicado Ltd (Company number: 3709008), both located at:

5th Floor Amphenol Business Complex
Thanet Way
Whitstable
CT5 3JF

As you are a registered company in the UK, you are subject to section 22 of The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, and have transmitted an unsolicited communication for the purpose of direct marketing by means of electronic mail to an individual subscriber contrary to section 22 of The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

This is not a Data Protection Act issue, or an issue with your “unsubscribe” link – the regulations have been breached by sending an email without having had a sale or negotiations with me and without my consent to the email being sent.

You now owe me damages as per section 30 of those regulations. If you promptly pay £80 in damages, I will not pursue you for damages as per the regulations or report your breach to the ICO so that they can consider fining you.

This is £10 for each of the emails received from you and your domains in the last week.

I will be sending further requests for any subsequent emails I receive from your domains.

I will be sending a copy of this email by registered post to your domain registration address and your registered company address and look forward to payment of £80 within 14 days or I will issue a county court claim against you without further notice.

I am going to be looking into the rest of her dealings with Communicado. At the moment she is pending a court appearance with them, so we will see how that goes 🙂

I may take up invoicing people £10 for every spam message they send me too 😀