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Country: United States
State: California
Long time snowshoe type spammer, recently raided by FBI.

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LEGAL: AOL Claims Spam Hurts Business (1998)

updated December 28, 1998
by Dave Murphy
ISSN 1535-3613

Dave Murphy, ITrain founder America Online Inc. (AOL), the No. 1 online access provider, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court in an effort to stop its customers from being flooded with millions of unsolicited pieces of junk email, commonly referred to as spam.

The suit, filed against Michael Persaud, claims he committed fraud by using various names to send millions of commercial email messages to AOL customers. The messages attempt to sell a directory of companies that offer home employment opportunities.

This lawsuit is one of nine filed recently by AOL in five states. All of the suits are aimed at people who send spam email messages. The nine suits target sellers of pornography, spamming software, and get-rich-quick schemers.

There is no incremental cost to sending email, once monthly Internet access fees are paid, email adds no additional fee. Because of this, spamming is often irresistible to disreputable entrepreneurs attempting to peddle dubious products and services.

Persaud forged the domain name on email messages so AOL members would believe the solicitations were approved by America Online, the company claims in the suit.

America Online has received tens of thousands of complaints from its subscribers as a result of the messages, and the company has lost customers because of the mailings, the company said in the suit.

And because of the large volume of email sent by Persaud, AOL's operations were impaired while attempting to deliver the messages. AOL says it has had to spend millions of dollars for new equipment to handle the mass mailings.

Dave Murphy, founder of ITrain, commented that spam email messages should be immediately deleted. "I created a list of helpful anti-spam websites. Use these sites to defend your in-box against these hooligans. And, we should draw a line in the sand by not buying spammers' products and services. Supporting them only encourages their obnoxious behavior.," Murphy said.

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