The Spam Diaries

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

Friday, October 26, 2007

Indictment against Soloway online

And speaking of Soloway, SpamSuite now has the Feds' Superceding Indictment against Soloway on line for your reading pleasure.

In a nutshell, the government alleges that Soloway operated Newport Internet Marketing (NIM) starting in 1998. He currently runs it from Seattle. His business model was to use fake company names and various domain names to spam out ads for his spamming services and software. He fraudulently claimed that the spam would be sent to people who had opted in and that the spam would be geographically and interest targeted. He also offered a 100% refund if not satisfied. The spamming software often did not work at all, but Soloway would refuse to provide asistance or refunds. Soloway would threaten customers' credit ratings if they persisted in demanding refunds.

The government also alleges that registered domain names through chinese ISPs which would not reveal him as the owner.

The government also covers the usual CAN-SPAM violations such as spamming, false headers, identity theft and so forth.

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