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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Spammers plead guilty after EarthLink probe

CNET News.com: "Two spammers could go to jail after an investigation by EarthLink found they were sending thousands of unsolicited messages from PeoplePC accounts.
Jared Cosgrave and Mohammed Haque pleaded guilty last week in a U.S. District Court in Southern Florida to charges of fraud and violation of the Can-Spam Act. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16, and the two could be sentenced to up to three years in jail and given a fine of up to $250,000.
The two were identified in an investigation last year by EarthLink's fraud and abuse team into activity at its PeoplePC subsidiary. The team discovered more than 25,000 junk e-mails had been sent through 10 PeoplePC accounts that originated from Miami, Fla. The e-mails contained such subject headers as 'I'm finally back home' and 'I just got back in town,' and contained messages that marketed herbal supplements. "
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