You've Got Jail: 27 Months For AOL Spam Scam

Todd Moeller of New Jersey was sentenced to 27 months for his part in sending 'spam' e-mails to more then 1.2 million AOL subscribers.  Sadly it seems that the scheme actually made Moeller, and his partner Adam Vitale quite a fortune: almost $40,000 a month!

Their spamming was done via traditional monkeying with open mail servers and header tinkering.  Low-tech, but perhaps it doesn't take a lot to fool AOL customers or AOL's mail servers.

“Moeller and Adam Vitale of New York pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaking anti-spam laws and defeating AOL's filter system by using a variety of computer servers and changing the header information on e-mails to ensure they could not be traced, court papers said.”

While the defendants were obviously wrong about the e-mails being untraceable, one has to wonder if these two guys are going to become hot recruitment prospects for advertisers who engage in viral marketing.

Tags:  AOL, spam, jail, scam, CAM, 27, AI, AM
Via:  Reuters
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