Godfather of Spam gets 51 months in prison

By Justin
Nov 24, 2009
  1. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    btw @ slh28 and @Guest
    It's 2 sepearate people if you didn't get that from my "it's not in the article joke" as one of them was doing the stock stuff and the other did the other stuff.. both of you seam to think they are the 2, is the same person
  2. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +9

    The guy in jail deserves it. The guy with the $711 million fine is not in jail and will probably appeal the judgement for many more years while he continues to make more money spamming. That's what's wrong with monetary fines, they usually don't get paid. He should have gotten a jail term also and been held in jail until the $711 million fine is paid. The guy knew that he was sending spam illegally. Take his illegal profits AND require mandatory jail time .... otherwise there's not much risk for all of the other folks sending spam 'cause they can't catch them all and if they do, you only lose some money.
  3. Pink

    Pink TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    i feel sorry for the guy, but maybe this'll help cutting back on spam...
    i hate it when i check my mail, waiting for a really important message, i see 9 new mails, and all of them are about Viagra or some Nigerian dude wanting to send me lots of cash...
  4. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Spamming per se isn't heinously evil just annoying IMO, Scamming on the other hand... thats another thing
  5. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    well thats one less person we have to worry about for spam! But Who's going to notice. My company gets hit with atleast 10000 spam emails everyday!
  6. Styl

    Styl TS Member Posts: 61

    Good riddance! Not going to bring down Spam levels, though, which sucks.
  7. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217


    these spammers def got what they deserve, about time people got more than a ban for their stupidity.
  8. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    If there are people that eat spam, there will always be spam, just like poachers and the people who buy ivory/animal coats. The cycle never ends.
  9. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Every little bit counts but this will do nothing to stop the flow of spam. As long as someone can make money from it it will never stop.
  10. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    Wait a minute, he was indicted for money laundering on top of the spam charges and all the other charges, but he only received 51 months in prison? How could he possibly get off with such little jail time? Sanford Wallace gets fined $711 million, and this guy gets off the hook with 51 months of jail. Odd.
  11. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    yes, that is odd, I don't think 4 1/2 years adds up to 711mill huh. personally I would serve the jail time....
  12. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    I never thought spam could get this bad, I know he did a host of other crimes but still, I actually know a few people that was tricked into this "pump-and-dump" stock scheme didn't knew thats what they called it, oh man he lost some cash.
  13. mentholo

    mentholo TS Rookie

    If I should believe in easy money,
    does that mean that I should stop
    betting at the lottery?

    or betting once in a while in
    races or sometimes casino?
  14. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    good riddance to bad rubbish, although i completley disagree with the judges judgment.
  15. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    This is good news, but there are still millions of spammers out there...
  16. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Well at least we are improving, I really hate to open my inbox and find more spam that real mails, I know it is going to be very dificult to finish with spamers but one at a time we are getting closer
  17. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Well at least we are improving, I really hate to open my inbox and find more spam that real mails, I know it is going to be very dificult to finish with spamers but one at a time we are getting closer
  18. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    51 months doesn't seem like enough to me, considering he could have potentially taken several thousands of dollars from people, albeit those people should have known it was spam.

    I also would like to imagine how much cheaper and faster my internet could be if ISPs didn't have to shuttle around trillions of items of spam.
  19. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Hmmm.... they are right in that it probably won't help much, but it will undoubtedly help a TINY bit...
  20. jerry53

    jerry53 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    yeah punish these people these people are the *****s who waste a ton of bandwidth not available to all and also the drop in productivity and the waste in time when people delete them or view them.
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