IN THE COURTS: SLAMMER FOR SPAMMER, FINES FOR CONTINUITY SCAMMERS & HARBORMASTERS

Spammers

  • Alan Ralsky (“Godfather of Spam”) – 51 months in federal prison for fraud and CAN-SPAM violations
  • Sanford Wallace (“Spam King”) – $711 million in damages to Facebook for CAN-SPAM violations
  • Lance Atkinson (New Zealand’s King of Spam and leader of world’s largest spam gang) – $15.5 million default judgment for CAN-SPAM violations.  Atkinson’s US accomplice agreed to pay $800,000 and faces possible jail time.
  • Tagged.com – paid $750,000 in settlements with New York and Texas AGs for hijacking users email addresses “for the purpose of blasting them with spam”

Hidden Continuity Plans

  • Commerce Planet – $19.7 million FTC consent decree (suspended if principals pay approx. $1 million) for marketing free” Internet auction kits, which automatically charged unwitting consumers $59.95 a month for enrollment in an “online supplier” program for Internet auctions.
  • NextClick Media – $315,000 fine and FTC consent decree for offering “free trials” of bogus smoking cessation patches and debited consumers’ bank accounts for hidden $99.95 continuity program.

EU Safe Harbor Certification

  • Multiple Companies – FTC consent decrees for continuing to represent in privacy policy that the companies were self-certified under EU Safe Harbor program when their certification had lapsed.