Friday , June 21 2024

“Buffalo Spammer” Canned

Howard Carmack, of Buffalo NY, the “Buffalo Spammer” who has sent over 850 million spam emails, has been arrested under new NY identity theft statute enacted in November:

    “We believe Carmack is one of the largest (spammers) and believe there are a significant number of them,” [New York Attorney General Eliot] 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.

    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 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. [Reuters]

This “Buffalo Spammer” literally is a menace to society and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – do they have the penis penalty in New York?

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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