Huttons property agent second to be charged under Do Not Call rules

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 09:29
Published on Sep 22, 2014
 
By Irene Tham
 
SINGAPORE -  A property agent from Huttons Asia will be the second person to be charged here for
breaching the "Do Not Call" rules since they kicked in on Jan 2.
 
The unnamed agent, who will be charged on Wednesday, had allegedly sent unsolicited telemarketing
messages to advertise various residential property developments here to numbers listed in the Do Not
Call (DNC) Registry. He will face 27 counts of violating the rules.
 
The rules bar firms from marketing to numbers listed in the registry, without first getting consent. More
than 600,000 phone numbers are on it.
 
"Telemarketers looking to promote their products or services to individuals with Singapore telephone
numbers must abide by the DNC provisions," said Mr Leong Keng Thai, chairman of the Personal Data
Protection Commission, which administers the DNC rules.
 
"It is a frustrating experience for individuals who have registered their numbers with the DNC Registry
to continue receiving unsolicited telemarketing messages, and the Commission will take enforcement
action against those who continue to ignore the rules," he added.
The Commission has investigated more than 3,500 valid complaints to date, while investigations into
1,700 other complaints are ongoing. The real estate sector accounts for about half of the complaints
pertaining to DNCrelated offences, with the rest from sectors such as private education and retail.
 
Star Zest Home Tuition and its sole director Law Han Wei, 35, were the first to be charged for
breaching DNC Registry rules. In August, Law and the agency were each fined $39,000 or
$3,000 per charge after pleading guilty to 13 of 37 offences committed between Jan 3 and 14.