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No Decrease in Spam after Alleged Spam King’s Arrest

After the arrest of the alleged Spam King in Seattle, Washington USA, the amount of spam has increased according to SPAMfighter statistics.

Spam has continued to increase according to SPAMfighter statistics, since the arrest on May 30, 2007 of the nicknamed 'Spam King', Robert Soloway,

"It is great to see spammers getting put to justice! SPAMfighter has always been at war against spam, and it makes us happy to see spammers being caught and put behind bars. Now we hope to see a decrease in the amount of spam, but unfortunately this has not been the case. " comments Martin Thorborg, co-owner and co-founder of SPAMfighter.

Soloway, who has been nicknamed 'Spam King' by U.S. Investigators, was arrested May 30 on 35 charges including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and aggrevated identity theft. The Spam King can look at over 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

The arrest of the 'spam king' has not decreased the amount of spam being sent, as many believed it might. Previously, SPAMfighter noticed a ratio of around 80% - 85% spam to legitimate e-mails. However, in the last month, this ratio has increased and is now up around 90% of all e-mails are spam. These statistics are collected from the SPAMfighter community consisting of over 3.4 million members in 216 countries.

The 'Spam King' made a living by advertising his business to tens of millions of e-mail recipients since 2003. His business offered software that would either send out e-mail advertisements to 20 million e-mail addresses, or allow customers of his product to receive software allowing them to send up to 80 million e-mails. The price of this product was $495 USD.

Soloway claims that all e-mail addresses on his list were people who agreed to receive e-mails from him and his clients. However, prosecutors say that people were unable to opt-out of his e-mails. Furthermore, when a client would request a refund, Soloway would go as far as to tell customers that he would go to collections agencies and ruin their credit.

Soloway is currently in jail awaiting his hearing, which is scheduled for August 6, 2007. He has been denied bail.
SPAMfighter was started to stop such scams as these from spammers around the world. As is the case here, spam can be more than an annoyance. SPAMfighter is working hard to keep up with the tricks of spammers such as Soloway, and filter spam for SPAMfighter users worldwide so they do not fall victim to such scams, wasting time and money.
About SPAMfighter

SPAMfighter is Europe's leading spam filter developer. The Danish company is owned by the founders of Jubii.dk, Henrik Sørensen and Martin Thorborg, together with two programmers, Daniel Hjortholt and Martin Dyring. SPAMfighter employs 35 people and is based in Copenhagen. SPAMfighter is debt-free and is 100 per cent financed by income from the sale of the SPAMfighter client. Each day, SPAMfighter removes around 15 million spam messages from 20 million tested emails received by over 3.4 million users in 216 countries/regions.

SPAMfighter draws its power from the fact that over 3.4 million users report spam as they receive it, with a single click. Once several users have reported the same spam message, it is automatically filtered for all other users. The result is that approximately 90 percent of all spam is filtered out before it reaches any given user. Get more information about SPAMfighter here.

For more information, contact Martin Thorborg, info@spamfighter.com SPAMfighter ApS, Nattergalevej 6, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark. Phone: +45 7022 1551 Fax (Europe): +45 3323 0376 or Alix Aranza Phone (USA) +1 (561) 962-4166 Fax (USA) +1 (561) 962-4266 uspartners@spamfighter.com

» SPAMfighter - 6/21/2007

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