Spammer Fined, But Won't Stop Spam

For Immediate Release | Posted Jan 10, 2006

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Wolle has ordered a spam distributor to pay $11 billion in damages to the owner of an Iowa Internet service provider who was flooded with unwanted e-mail known as spam.

In the lawsuit, Robert Kramer, the owner and operator of CIS Internet Services in Clinton, Iowa, provided evidence that James McCalla of Miami sent more than 280 million illegal spam e-mail messages into CIS's computer network during 2003.

That's right, 280 MILLION.

While computer users smile that spammers are being stopped in their tracks, the reality is that spam will simply keep invading inboxes of web users.

How To Fight Spam
The best way to combat unsolicited emails is follow a few simple tips:
  • Never reply to spam messages, even when they suggest you to reply to "remove" you from their mailing lists.
  • Avoid giving out your email address or signing up for unnecessary email lists.
  • If you own a website or run a business website, avoid posting email addresses on your website as special web programs known as spiders often scan the internet for email addresses.
  • Disable the automatic downloading of graphics in HTML emails. Many graphics are tied to programs that track what email address downloads the graphic, showing an active email account.


The above article was issued by an OLC attorney when he previously worked in corporate operations and communications. Because these articles are highly informative, they are provided as a service of this law firm.