[Wolves] Peter watch out :-))))
highwayman.turpin at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 13:06:58 BST 2005
> > On Saturday 09 April 2005 13:36, Kevanf1 wrote:
> > > I have just read on the news (Teletext - ITV) that the first
> > > successful prosecution for spamming has been carried out. A guy in
> > > Virginia, USA has been jailed for 9 years. Best be careful Peter
> > > ;-)))
I was gonna just ignore this (maybe I should) but having now read the
report I cant help myself.
An American internet spammer who amassed $24 million (=A312.7m) from
e-mails peddling pornography, fake products and home-working schemes
has been handed down a nine-year jail sentence.
You'll notice this guys stuff was predominantly Porn (although in this
report it only gets a cursory reference) it would seem that he prayed
on peoples desire for things that most people would not readily admit
Jeremy Jaynes, 30, sent over 10 million pieces of spam per day from
his home in North Carolina, making him one of the most prolific
spammers in the world, according to industry watchdog, SpamHaus.
The millionaire, who is married, is estimated to have received
responses from one in every 30,000 e-mails, in addition to flooding
tens of thousands AOL accounts from servers based in Virginia.
So he was getting responses which means it was working.
As a result, Jaynes received between 10,000 and 17,000 credit card
orders a month =96averaging $40 each, prompting prosecutors to brand him
"the modern-day-snake-oil salesman."
But despite the scale of his crime, Judge Thomas Horne has agreed to
postpone his nine-year sentence under new legislation until the date
of Jaynes' appeal.
Judge Horne also pointed out that because the anti-spam law is new it
raises constitutional questions, including the right of state to
regulate interstate commerce.
Ah, so the Law isn't there yet then?
Prosecutors however insisted that under Virginia law Jaynes was
guilty, saying he broke legislation that prohibits marketers from
sending more than a certain amount of spam within a time-frame, while
he also used a fake e-mail address to cover his tracks.
Hm, so it's OK to send Email Marketing so long as it's a certain
amount over an unspecified time scale!!!
Jaynes has since been released from court on bail of $1m, though
prosecutors and computer users are rejoicing that he is electronically
tagged, and cannot leave his home town of Raleigh.
The spammer was convicted alongside his sister, Jessica De Groot, who
is credited with playing a lesser criminal role but faces fines of up
With the proceeds of their venture, Jaynes bought two homes, a steak
restaurant and invested in a chain of gyms.
Sentencing Jaynes, Judge Thomas Horne said: "The jury in large measure
represents community sentiment" and reflects spamming's "tremendous
He added that the nine-year sentence should act as a "deterrent to
stop other people who might send unsolicited mail in this fashion."
So will he win his appeal I wonder? I doubt it very much given the
rewards he has amassed that will be his downfall if he had made
27Cents I bet he would have gotten away with it considering the two
grey areas listed above.
"Stand and deliver!"
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