Spammer Could Face Jail Time
An established spammer may probably serve jail time re a Facebook suit after a California judge ordered him to appear in front of the US solicitor General’s Office for criminal events.
The case follows another Facebook spamming case last Nov , when the company won a $873 million governing against a Montreal spammer that flooded members’ inboxes with sexually explicit messages. Judge Jeremy Fogel of the US District Court for the Northerly District of California referred Sanford Wallace to the US lawyer General’s Office to undergo criminal events for reportedly violating a court order that stopped him from getting access to Facebook.
In February, Facebook filed a suit against Wallace, Adam Arzoomanian and Scott Shaw for purportedly spamming and phishing the site. The 3 men were issued a short lived restraining order prohibiting them from getting access to Facebook’s network. Facebook released this statement via company spokesperson Barry Schnitt addressing the ruling. “We see Fogel’s controlling as a powerful deterrent against spammers.
Spammers think that they are immune to criminal prosecution. Fogel’s controlling demonstrates that judges will enforce restraining orders and spammers who violate them will face criminal prosecution.”
The ruling on the social network community’s civil court action against Wallace stalled after the defendent applied for bankruptcy. Wallace has had a long history of spamming that goes back to the 1990s. He started his spamming career with fax spamming, where he sent out thousands of unsolicited offers for timeshares, insurance programmes, and foreclosed property deals to facsimile machines. Last May, a Fed judge ruled in favor of MySpace after Wallace and another defendent did not show up to a hearing. The two men were ordered to pay $230 million for phishing and spamming MySpace users with links to betting and porno websites.