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Posted: 5/14/2003 10:00:52 PM EDT
He is called the "Buffalo Spammer" by the media.
NEW YORK (May 14) - The man known as the "Buffalo Spammer," who authorities say has sent 825 million unwanted e-mails, has been arrested and arraigned, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said on Wednesday. Howard Carmack, a 36-year-old resident of Buffalo, New York, entered not guilty pleas before a Buffalo City Court judge and bail was set at $20,000, the Attorney General's office said in a statement. "We believe Carmack is one of the largest (spammers) and believe there are a significant number of them," Spitzer said in a conference call. "Spammers who forge documentation and steal identities of others to create their e-mail traffic will be prosecuted." Spam, or unwanted e-mail hawking everything from herbal sexual stimulants to mortgages, has become a growing issue as it now comprises as much as 75 percent of online messages. About two-thirds of the spam that jams up in-boxes contains deceptive information such as false return addresses or pitches for miracle cures and work-at-home schemes, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The Attorney General's office said in a statement its Internet bureau receives more complaints about spam than about any other Internet-related issue. "Spam itself is not -- of itself -- a crime," Spitzer said. "What makes this criminal conduct is the intersection of spamming with forgery and identity theft." Carmack was charged with: stealing the identity of two residents to open Internet access accounts with EarthLink Inc. ; falsifying the business records of EarthLink; forging the headers of e-mail sent from the EarthLink accounts; and possessing a software program designed to create the forged e-mails, the Attorney General's office said in a statement. Spitzer said his office worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and EarthLink, the nation's No. 3 Internet service provider. Last week EarthLink won a $16 million settlement and injunctive relief against Carmack in U.S. district court in Atlanta after a year-long investigation. "He cost EarthLink more than $1 million," Spitzer charged. "And he opened in excess of 343 e-mail accounts using stolen identities." The prosecution is the first by Spitzer under New York's identity theft statute, which was enacted in November. Carmack's public defender was not immediately available for comment. The next court date is May 19. Spitzer said more arrests in this case are not expected at the moment, but the investigation continues as Carmack's computer has been seized. He said investigations into other spammers are underway but declined to comment further. The arrest comes as Louisiana Republican Rep. Billy Tauzin plans to introduce an anti-spam bill this week that is expected to move quickly through Congress. 05/14/03 13:49 ET Copyright 2003 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
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Link Posted: 5/15/2003 2:49:07 AM EDT
Gee I wonder what he did in his spare time? [}:D]
Link Posted: 5/15/2003 3:40:23 AM EDT
Damn. That guy made money annoying, decieving, and exploiting [u][b][red]MILLIONS[/red][/b][/u] of people.[:(!] [pissed] Somebody get some rope. [pissed]
Link Posted: 5/15/2003 4:31:33 AM EDT
[img]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-4/141064/MYRQYIJ[LBTIHNTROQKN-knot-hangmans-noose-black-backdrop-18mm-manila-2-AJHD (2).jpg[/img] to all spammers
Link Posted: 5/15/2003 7:31:22 PM EDT
Well I only recieved 79 porn ads today. It's down a little.
Link Posted: 5/15/2003 7:44:52 PM EDT
They should be shot. Does anyone really make any money off of this mass annoyance? Would anyone cry if a spammer got the chair? Even his family would understand, I think.
Link Posted: 5/15/2003 11:35:29 PM EDT
They are so evil and despised that the media gives them cute little names normally reserved for serial killers![;D]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 4:44:34 AM EDT
Why would he get a public defender if he was making money like all spammers claim? [nuts]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 5:03:06 AM EDT
He should be forced to (1) get out of debt (2) refinance his mortgage at a lower rate (3) lengthen his penis and then forced to consume a lethal dose of (4) Viagra. I hate them all.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 5:56:33 AM EDT
dont forget about the tight shaved barely legal nymphomaniac spring breaker porn star model thats horny for YOU!
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 11:20:29 PM EDT
"They should be shot." With WOLF ammo!!! [:D] John
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 12:53:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ARndog: Damn. That guy made money annoying, decieving, and exploiting [u][b][red]MILLIONS[/red][/b][/u] of people.[:(!] [pissed] Somebody get some rope. [pissed]
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You better get the rope before the NY Times hires him. From your description, he sounds more like a reporter than anything.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 1:49:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BigJ491:
Originally Posted By ARndog: Damn. That guy made money annoying, decieving, and exploiting [u][b][red]MILLIONS[/red][/b][/u] of people.[:(!] [pissed] Somebody get some rope. [pissed]
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You better get the rope before the NY Times hires him. From your description, he sounds more like a reporter than anything.
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[rofl2] ...damn, you're right; I might have to build myself a gallows.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 1:52:51 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/17/2003 7:38:24 AM EDT
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