A Christchurch man has become the first person in New Zealand to be raided under the new anti-spam act, more formally known as the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act, that came into force in September.
Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) inspectors obtained search warrants on Monday and made four simultaneous raids on Christchurch properties, seizing 22 computers, reports The Press.
The Christchurch man was identified by a Danish spambuster, IT consultant Henrik Uffe Jensen, and by BBC Radio 4's the Investigation, which was broadcast (listen to podcast) on Thursday last week.
Jensen decided to turn the tables on the spammers, reports the BBC. He set a trap by placing an order for the advertised pills, which promise to enlarge the user's manhood. But Jensen hid code in the order form which allowed him to see the location and the IP address of the internet user who accessed his order. Jensen found out that one of the computers tracking his order was in New Zealand. The BBC found out the computer was in the south island of New Zealand and that Vodafone was providing its internet service. The radio channel contacted Vodafone, which investigated the matter and then confirmed it was the spammer, according to BBC's website. When contacted by the BBC, the Christchurch man denied the claims.
The DIA spoke to two men on Tuesday, but declined to identify the men, according to The Press. The DIA is still going through the evidence and will then decide what action to take.