8 November 2004

Spam Scams

Halifax Live reports that one of the top 10 spammers in the US has been sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal spam activities under Virginia's anti-spam law, while his sister Jessica DeGroot received a fine of $7500. The brother and sister team sent out thousands of unsolicited emails to AOL users. They were convicted for sending unsolicited junk email and forging their IP address. Reports indicate the pair earned around $24 million from their email scams. I think the stiff sentences are needed to send a message. Spamming may seem fairly innocuous stuff, but one has to wonder how much time is lost trying to deal with overstuffed email boxes full of ads for Viagra, and how many real emails are lost in the deluge.

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