[SpamCop-List] Canned Spammer
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Sat Jul 31 22:50:43 EDT 2004
July 30, 2004
Big Time Spammer Shut Down By CAN-SPAM
By TechWeb News
A federal court this week shut down a big-time Florida spammer and froze his
assets, using the CAN-SPAM Act to put a stop to his mass mailings.
Creaghan A. Harry is "responsible for what likely amounts to millions of
illegal spam messages," said the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a
Harry allegedly marketed bogus human growth hormone products, said the FTC,
which collected about 40,000 complaints in the first five months of the year
concerning messages linked to the Boca Raton, Fla. resident.
The spammer's messages linked to a slew of his Web sites, which promised
that his products stopped or reversed the aging process. A one-month supply
was priced at $79.95, leading to the defrauding of "thousands of consumers
of hundreds of thousands of dollars."
The FTC filed a complaint in a Chicago federal court July 21, alleging that
Harry used a slew of tactics that violate the CAN-SPAM Act, including
spoofing forging return addresses and sending messages through hijacked
computers, dubbed "open proxies."
On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order
prohibiting Harry from further spamming and blocked his assets, which had
been transferred to a bank account in Latvia. If Harry is convicted, those
monies would be used to refund consumers who bought the phony products.
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