Man has collected $1 million from spammers, $1,000 fine at a time
Posted by David Brooks | Thursday, June 28, 2012
No local connection, but there's a federal lawsuit in Maryland that may get decided today involving a guy who has sued spammers and collected fines. Allegedly he's raked in more than $1 million, offering a real financial disincentive for spammers. The Washington Post story is here. A snippet:
A jury at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt will decide as soon as Thursday whether Wagner, 48, is a bona fide Internet service provider battling alleged spammers who clog his in-boxes with offers for everything from coffee to appliances. Wagner’s detractors say he’s taking advantage of the law, intentionally seeking out spam in order to sue for $1,000 for each piece of deceptive e-mail.
He’s already taken in more than $1 million from spammers.