The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

U.S. Government arrests over 500 spammers, scammers, and fraudsters

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced today that 565 arrests were made in a massive law enforcement operation called "Operation Global Con".

According to Gonzales, the mop-up included two fraudsters based in Miami, who managed to collect up to $3million in a ponzi-like financial scam. Gonzales also says that U.S. law enforcement also coordinated with international authorities, resulting in more arrests over seas.

More information available in U.S. Department of Justice press release (pdf). Full transcript of the press conference available from

So far, the U.S. media has no new news to report, other than to repeat the information released by the D.O.J., however, there's some coverage in the Canadian press, including this article from the Calgary Sun about twelve Calgarians arrested in the sweep. Those arrested had been involved in a scam to sell fake credit cards for $249.


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