The Spam Diaries

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

Sunday, August 26, 2007

FTC takes action against Hoodia spammer Brian McDaid

Via PC World: pill spammer Brian McDaid and his company "Neutraceuticals, LLC" has been ordered by a U.S. judge to stop selling his weight-loss products on line. The company's assets are also frozen.

The gist of the FTC's complaint seems to be that the advertised pills were ineffective, although CAN-SPAM violations are also mentioned.

This is only a temporary restraining order, but it is likely that more actions are in the offing.

The PC World article goes on to mention that one of the tactics used by McDaid's company was web form hijacking*. Apparently this is the first time the FTC has filed a case against a spammer doing this. The FTC's database includes 85,000 spams sent this way. That's a lot of penalties under CAN-SPAM if the FTC chooses to pursue that route.

More details can be found in this letter from McDaid's lawyer to the judge, the memo in support of the TRO, and the TRO itself. See SpamSuite for more.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea theres alot of spam out there and bogus products. I personally am using 8 hour energy pills and it seems to be working great so far.

11:16 AM  

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