The Spam Diaries

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

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Worst. Phish. Ever.

Check out what just appeared in my inbox:

Subject: You're Billing Information !


You're Billing Information!

Dear PayPal Member!

It has come to our attention that your PayPal Billing Information
records are out of date. ...

OK, some scammer needs to have a copy of Bob the Angry Flower's educational poster about the apostrophe on his wall.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Another spammer in the slammer — Todd Moeller given more than two years

In June, I wrote that spammer Adam Vitale had pled guilty to spamming AOL subscribers, and that his partner Todd Moeller was facing the same charges. Today I leanred that in November, the New York Attorney General announced that Moeller has been sentenced to 27 months. Vitale was also due to be sentenced by now; I'll see if I can find out how that turned out.

Monday, December 03, 2007

More legal woes for E360

According to the Pacer archives, E360 has become caught up in another lawsuit. This time, they're being sued by John W. Ferron, of Ferron & Associates. In short, Ferron is suing E360 and its owner Dave Linhardt under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

Ferron alleges that E360/Linhardt sent multiple emails advertising discount luxury goods which are actually counterfeit products. Ferron is asking for $200 per fraudulent email (total around $120,000) plus legal fees

E360/Linhardt has moved to dismiss based on jurisdiction. I'm not familiar with Ohio's long-arm statutes, but if they're anything like North Dakota's — with which I have some familiarity — E360/Linhardt is facing an uphill battle on this one.

If there is interest, I will make copies of the court documents available here, assuming SpamSuite doesn't pick them up.

Update: Docs are now online at Spamsuite.

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