Notorious spammer Christopher "Rizler" Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.
US District Judge Michael Davis called Smith a "drug kingpin" before throwing the book at him. Smith was convicted on charges of conspiracy, illegal distribution of drugs, money laundering and operating a continuing criminal enterprise."
"Under the spam companies Burnsville Internet and Xpress Pharmacy Direct, Smith allegedly sent more than one billion emails through America Online. The FBI claims he made approximately $18m
The original story is on The Register.
As someone noted on the comment in my previous post, spammers keep doing it because people buy from them.
And as noted by Spyware Sucks's Sandi, this is $18 million in a year, from a single spammer! How many people read spam and actually buy the crap this people sell? No surprise then that a lot of people also get sucked into other scams.
People, don't buy from spammers. What they sell won't enlarge anything, make you stronger, and you are not approved for a cheap home loan either. And no one left money in your name, and no dead African President left money for hist PA to distribute to you. Get a life people!
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