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Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:46 pm
by falkor
By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer
Last Updated: October 30, 2009: 5:02 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A California judge awarded
Facebook $711 million in damages against spammer Sanford Wallace for bombarding the Web site with junk messages.

"We won another battle in the fight against spam," said Facebook, which announced the Oct. 29 ruling on its Web site on Friday.

Wallace, who has also been called the "Spam King," accessed Facebook members' accounts without their permission and sent out "phony" Wall posts and messages, the company said.

In addition to the damages, Judge Jeremy Fogel of U.S. District Court in Northern California's San Jose division banned Wallace, and anyone affiliated with him, from accessing Facebook.

Facebook acknowledged that it doesn't expect to get much money out of the bankrupt Wallace, but it said that he could end up behind bars.

"Most notably, the judge referred Wallace to the U.S. Attorney's Office with a request that Wallace be prosecuted for criminal contempt, which means that in addition to the judgment, he now faces possible jail time," read the Facebook statement. "We will continue to pursue damages against other spammers."

Re: Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:01 pm
by DarkKnight
How much of this is the guy realistically going to be able to pay ???

Re: Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:47 pm
by mj12cz
Not a lot, makes me laugh... do the really expect him to pay that!

perhaps he will put it on his credit card! LOL

Re: Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:49 am
by falkor
doesn't matter

Facebook have put money and energy into INVESTIGATING a case of spam that occurred on their watch

maybe if others did the same we would not be looking at email accounts that have 90% of messages THAT WE DON'T WANT

they have exposed spammer Sanford Wallace for what he is

:b-) WELL DONE FACEBOOK!! MY HEROES!! :b-)

Re: Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:42 pm
by mj12cz
I agreem spammers are a pain in the backside, hopefully this will stop a few.

Re: Facebook spammer ordered to pay $711 million

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:46 pm
by DarkKnight
mj12cz wrote:I agreem spammers are a pain in the backside, hopefully this will stop a few.

Yep, hope so.