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Top Spammer Caught

Top Spammer Caught

To begin, I just want to let you know that this tip is a little different from what I normally give you, but it was so interesting to me and I thought you all might like to know about it too. I’m sure by now, several of you have already read about this somewhere else, but just in case you haven’t, I’m here to give you the scoop!

Last week (around May 31, 2007), a 27-year-old man, known for being one of the world’s most productive spammers was arrested on several charges. Robert Alan Soloway was accused of sending out millions upon millions of spam e-mails to innocent computer users. A federal grand jury then charged him with mail fraud, wire fraud, e-mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. It was said that he has been infecting computers with junk e-mail since the year 2003.

So, how’d he do it? Well, it looks like Soloway used the networks of compromised computers to send out bulk e-mails that urged people to use his Internet marketing company to advertise their products. If someone clicked on the link he gave, they would be directed to his Web site where he basically bragged about his ability to send out millions of e-mail advertisements over a 15 day time period. He, of course, charged a lot of money to do this and in the end, he was making the money and spamming everyone in sight. The Feds have said that a lot of computer users will see a big decrease in spam e-mail now that Soloway has been caught. Thank goodness!

~ Erin