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Two US Spammers Gets Prison Sentence

A judge from New York gave two years prison sentence to a man from New Jersey for involvement in spamming operation, which sent unsolicited mails to number of customers of America Online (AOL).

28-year old Todd Moeller got 27-month prison sentence in New York's federal court. Apparently, he was nabbed in one sting operation. He had made an agreement with one of the government's confidential informant and would send spam mails advertising unauthorized commercial products to almost 1.2 Million American Online's subscribers.

In early 2007, Todd Moeller and Adam Vitale, his partner from New York, were pleaded guilty for violating Can-Spam Act or anti-spam laws, and also for launching assaults on the filter system of America Online services using many PC servers and altering their header data to avoid detection.

According to the court documents, Todd Moeller had asked $6,500 from the government informant to be able to make purchases of required PC equipments to deliver the spam emails. In addition to give $40,000 from initial profit, he had also agreed to give the informant 50% of the profits.

Todd Moeller sent SMS to the government informant, which said that there were 40 other servers from where he sent out junk mails, and that he generated around $40,000 in a month from such junk emails that advertised for unsolicited products. In August 2005, the spams were sent to America Online within two days. The court documents also revealed that almost 12,600 of mail Ids were registered to Web users in Manhattan.

As per criminal complaint, when the informant asked them how many users they could reach all together, Adam Vitale replied that he had 40 Million addresses, out of which 300 thousand were bad. He also bragged that they were able to deliver the bulk amount of spams in such a way that it could escape detection.

Adam Vitale pleaded guilty on June 2007 in the federal court in Manhattan. His sentence is scheduled on November 13, 2007.

Also, in 2005, a man from the US was sentenced nine years in prison for breaking anti-spam laws. In 2006 also, a student from a college in Texas had to pay over $10 Million for sending out large number of junk emails.

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