“Spam King” Pleads Guilty To Sending More Than 27M Unsolicited Facebook Messages


(Raymond Bryson) (Raymond Bryson) When your email or other messaging account is flooded with messages promising cheap$ R0lexes! and invitations to collect a million dollars from the estate of a long-lost foreign dignitary relative, it’s not easy to place the blame: is it a robot programmed for maximum annoyance? A wee, cackling, evil spam elf? Sometimes, it’s just a human: a man known as the “Spam King” has admitted in court that he’s behind more than 27 million unsolicited messages sent through Facebook’s servers.

The Las Vegas man pleaded guilty on Monday to fraud and criminal attempt, admitting that he’d committed mass spamming efforts in 2008 and 2009, San Francisco U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a statement reported by Bloomberg.

He sent unsolicited ads disguised as friend posts over a three-month span, reports the Associated Press, collecting Facebook user account information by sending “phishing” messages to users…

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