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spam senders convicted in first felony case

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6401091/

Brother and sister could receive jail terms. However, a third defendant, Richard Rutkowski, was acquitted. Jurors deliberated for a day and a half.

Prosecutors compared Jaynes and DeGroot to modern-day snake-oil salesmen who used the Internet to peddle junk like a "FedEx refund processor" that supposedly allowed people to earn $75 an hour while working from home.

In one month alone, Jaynes received 10,000 credit card orders, each for $39.95, for the processor.

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Actually, the two convicted might end up getting off. The same judhe still hasn't made a ruling on another defense challenge, basically as these folks were North Carolina residents, can they be hammered in Virginia ...???

But, dang, what a wake up call!

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I dunno... I'm a bit slow, and clearly don't understand all the legal or technical nuances. I'm just glad (stunned and amazed, actually) that a fatally flawed piece of lame legislation like the "Can-spam" act - bought and paid for by lobbyists from the Direct Marketing Association - actually helped a jury convict a scumbag spammer. A wake-up call indeed!

Here's hoping the spammer really gets the slammer. And his sister, too.

Relevant news article from 5 November at Motley Fool: spam Scam Lands 'Em in the Can

Amen.

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Moved/Merged OliverB's post from the E-Mail Forum to this existing Topic in the Lounge. (Also knocked out some HTML code that didn't make the transition from the CNN page to "here") OliverB PM'd about the move/merge/edit ....

Will note, this reporter did a bit more than some of the early reporters .. good read to see some of the things a stupid spammer does ... (and that point is mentioned more than once)

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Last Update: Saturday, April 9, 2005. 11:00am (AEST)

Spammer jailed in landmark US case

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200504/s1341692.htm

A US judge has sentenced a man to nine years in prison for violating anti-spam laws by sending out millions of unsolicited emails using fake addresses.

The judge in Virginia sentenced Jeremy Jaynes of North Carolina accepting the recommendation of a jury that convicted him last November, prosecutor Lisa Hicks-Thomas said.

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She said Jaynes also possessed a stolen database of America Online members with some 84 million email addresses.

Glad they were able to catch and prosecute him. Now if they would do something about all those spammers in Florida, and that one in Michigan. When they get out of prison, they should make them all wear GPS monitoring devices for life. If they start sending their junk email again, we will know where they are.

--Navigatr1

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Now if they would do something about all those spammers in Florida, and that one in Michigan.

It's probably easier for them to go after the smaller spammers. The larger ones pay too much to the lobbyists in DC....

:ph34r:

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