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Spammer Faces Decades In Prison For Sending More Than 1 Million Spam Emails (suntimes.com) 146

mi quotes a report from Chicago Sun-Times: A man has been indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly sending more than a million spam emails. The indictment charges 36-year-old Michael Persaud of Scottsdale, Arizona, with 10 counts of wire fraud and seeks the forfeiture of four computers, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. The indictment was returned Dec. 9, 2016, and was unsealed after Persaud was arrested last month in Arizona. Between 2012 and 2015, Persaud used multiple IP addresses and domains to send spam emails over at least nine networks, including several servers in Chicago, according to the indictment. He sent more than a million spam emails to people in the U.S. and abroad, using false names to register domains and creating fraudulent "from address" fields to conceal the fact that he was the one sending the emails. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
mi leaves us with some rather unpleasant imagery, writing: "Personally, I wish [the sentence] carried removal of 1 square millimeter of skin for each message instead."
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Spammer Faces Decades In Prison For Sending More Than 1 Million Spam Emails

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  • Good! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nospam007 ( 722110 ) * on Friday February 10, 2017 @08:49PM (#53843523)

    A good beginning.

    • Re:Good! (Score:5, Funny)

      by alvinrod ( 889928 ) on Friday February 10, 2017 @09:47PM (#53843789)
      Now Mr. Persaud will get to enjoy the feeling of loads of unsolicited male in his inbox.
  • He was arrested and is out on bond, it's a long way from a conviction. And, Thailand might be looking good to him right now.

    • I do hope he does bolt to Thailand.

      Thai police don't bother with extradition proceedings for wanted criminals, production of a flight warrant is more than enough to find him on a plane back to the USA within hours - and thanks to anally raping bandwith charges SE Asians generally _hate_ spammers even more than North Americans do.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    While in prison, he should be given a diet of nothing but a certain fine Hormel product.

    Just sayin'.

  • 10 counts?

    If he sent 1 million fraudulent emails, why isn't it 1 million counts?
    • by arth1 ( 260657 )

      10 counts?

      If he sent 1 million fraudulent emails, why isn't it 1 million counts?

      Proving one million counts would take longer than the rest of his life, and in the mean time he would be out on bail, racking up legal fees that nobody will ever pay while lawyers argued each and every case.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Who was paying this guy?
    That's who should be locked up.
    BUT
    That will never happen.
    They will just find another stooge to do their dirty work.

  • Only question to ask: Who paid you?

    Then recourse.

  • You low-life bastard.
  • by Morpeth ( 577066 ) on Saturday February 11, 2017 @04:14AM (#53845039)

    A privileged college students gets caught in the act (by two other students) raping an unconscious woman, and gets out in what, 3 months? Spammers are annoying obviously, but decades for that...? I just don't get it.

  • People who pull off Ponzi schemes rarely spend that much time in prison. Why would a spammer have to? Usually the people behind the Ponzi schemes do very well for themselves financially before being caught, while the spammers are generally eking out an upper-middle-class existence.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't have much pity for the spammers but I don't see justification in grave prison sentences for them either.

    If we really want to say we believe in criminal rehabilitation, this is a prime opportun
  • sanford wallace

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Wallace

    got 2 1/2 years for a decade of spamming has maybe over a billion dollars in fines/previous lawsuits over the years. a true human scum bag. but the guy from this artiels is scum also but a flea in a sea of spammers.
  • I obtained a $3.9M million judgment against him back in 2015. I identified over 5,000 e-mails transmitted by him using domain names obtained by fraud from NameCheap. That does not include e-mails using e-mails utilizing other domain name registrars.

    I suspect that the number of spam identified by the FBI / DOJ is based upon the hosting providers that were identified in the indictment. I suspect that Persaud used IP space that was from registrars outside the USA to send spam that were not addressed by the cur

    • Question since you have a judgement against him why are you not making his life a living hell taking everything he owns? unless hes living in his parent basement lol wage garnishments? and so on. seems having a judgement means not much just look at spamford Wallace, billions plus in fines and judgements plus i don't see on your site a final result in your dealing with "e360Insight and Bargain"
      • It is a matter of finding the assets and not to stepping on the toes of the FBI.

        All I can say about e360Insight is that it has been resolved to our mutual satisfaction.

  • I wish they gave a ballpark figure. Because 1 million seems quite low over 3 years. As someone I know used send 1 million SMS messages a day..
  • I would prefer that the punishment be an opportunity for any recipient of any of the mail messages sent be allowed to literally give the jackass an electric shock, each varying in intensity to keep him from becoming accustomed to the shock.

    I was initially thinking each person be allowed a punch to jackass' face or gut, but damage may occur and that's unfair ;)

    No, I'm not joking. I wish fucking asshats like this paid for their "gains" in equal pain and suffering for all combined, unwilling recipients.

    Hey, s

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