The Spam Diaries

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

Friday, January 11, 2008

Azoogle drawn into Ralsky spam case

Earlier, I wrote about Alan Ralsky and how he's been arrested in Michigan on various spam and fraud-related charges, along with his son-in-law and nine other people.

Well it turns out that this case is likely to tie into Joe Wagner's case against Azoogle. It turns out that in pre-trial discovery, Azoogle admitted that the spammer they'd hired in their Get a "Free" plasma tv spam was Superior Distributing of West Bloomfield, MN, which turns out to be none other than Ralsky's son-in-law, Scott Bradley. A simple public record lookup which only takes a few seconds, would have shown Azoogle who they were dealing with, so they'll have some trouble claiming they didn't know they were hiring the Ralsky spam gang when they sent out the spam. A simple Spamhaus lookup would have told them even more.

Joe Wagner's court case against Azoogle and other spammers will be heard next Friday morning at the San Jose downtown superior court. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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