L.A.-area man first in nation convicted under anti-spam law

A man faces a sentence of up to 101 years in federal prison after being the first person in the U.S. convicted under a federal anti-spam law, authorities said. Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 45, of Azusa, was found guilty Friday of running a ``phishing'' scheme that tricked people into believing they were giving personal information to a legitimate business. Prosecutors said Goodin then used the information to go on a spending spree.

Goodin is the first person in the nation convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act, the U.S. attorney's office said. The law forbids e-mail marketers from sending false or misleading messages and requires them to provide recipients with a way to opt out of receiving future mailings.

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Ten simple words that any pirate or spammer should live by:

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

It's about freakin' time that we started coming down hard on these criminals. Stealing is wrong and there should be zero tolerance for it.

Don't get me wrong, it's weird that criminals of other sorts are getting away with less jail time but still I'd rather see pirates and spammers get thrown in the slammer than not at all.

Is there a single thread today where you havent brought up piracy? I understand you are on a personal crusade to have all pirates burnt at the stake, but seriously...it doesnt need to be said 3 times (or more for all i know) times in the same day and at least once in a completely unrelated to piracy thread

Got get yourself laid or something and quit bitching...copying an MP3 may be wrong but it isnt the same as someone scamming someone elses credit card and running it up to the max. Lookup "criminal offence" and "copright infringement" sometime.

If you're running around Neowin looking up my posts then you obviously don't have much to do in your day. Not only that but you obviosuly can't count so I doubt you even know what "laid" means.

Did you notice that the article was about stealing information (phishing) and that the criminal used the inforamtion to go on a shopping spree?

Did you realize before posting your meaningless comment that I didn't say anything about MP3s and I was talking about scamming (stealing) credit card information?

Next time read the whole story and the whole comment and understand what was written before replying in the future.

C_Guy said,
If you're running around Neowin looking up my posts then you obviously don't have much to do in your day. Not only that but you obviosuly can't count so I doubt you even know what "laid" means.

Did you notice that the article was about stealing information (phishing) and that the criminal used the inforamtion to go on a shopping spree?

Did you realize before posting your meaningless comment that I didn't say anything about MP3s and I was talking about scamming (stealing) credit card information?

Next time read the whole story and the whole comment and understand what was written before replying in the future.

lol..owned

I cant believe people are complaining... you obviously don't have a spam problem! I get around 30 per day to my various business email account that i have to delete manually. It is very annoying to get an email in my "Product sold" folder only to experience the anti climax of seeing an email with gibberish and a stupid picture at the top.

I am guessing those who are complaining do not have this problem. Well i can tell you its fkin annoying and if i ever found one of these spammers id kill them myself

with crimes like this jail time isnt going to stop em, he would just learn more tricks from the other inmates, to use when he gets out.

A Total loss of an internet connection for maby 10 years to his home would hurt more.

xSuRgEx said,
with crimes like this jail time isnt going to stop em, he would just learn more tricks from the other inmates, to use when he gets out.

A Total loss of an internet connection for maby 10 years to his home would hurt more.

He'll get buggered in jail he'l prob kill himself. oh and have u ever heard of internet cafes?

Its extreme compared to the scum that gets far lesser sentences for way more violent crimes...but meh, i still could care less since its a thieving, scamming sack of youknowwhat.

Nice, now it would be perfect if they started doing the same to all these credit card companies that send me 4 and up to 5 letters about pre-approved credit cards in my mail box every other day.

It's not just the spam he's in for... it's all the credit card / identity fraud as well.

Yes, I do agree that 101 years is insane when rapists and murderers can get out in 5 to 10... but at the same time, I wouldn't mind to see every one of these spammers hanging from a rope like in the infamous Saddam video.

While rape/murder/etc. is certainly heinous and violent, I'm not sure identity theft is any better than rape. I think the pyschological impact of being tricked, and then having your (presumably) good name ruined would be absolute hell. Let me tell you something about what happens when an account (fraudulent or not) becomes past due.

In the US, a person is not required to pay for fraudulent purchases or otherwise suffer damages (financial/legal/credit bureau/etc.) from fraud. However, it can be incredibly difficult to prove you didn't open a particular account, and realistically speaking, someone who has their identity stolen is going to eventually go into 3rd-party collections (and be called 8-12 times a day, 7 days a week, 363 days a years, from 8AM - 9PM in their time zone). They will be reported to the credit bureaus as delinquent.

Eventually, their account will be charged off and sold to a recoveries agency where they may pursue legal options (suing for the balance, then wage garnishment/seizure of assets/foreclosure/etc.). Depending on your state, recoveries can be 10x worse than 3rd-party collections.

If the person reaffirms the debt (for whatever reason, e.g. they make a payment), this can go on indefinitely. Even if they manage to not reaffirm the debt (or have it reaged by the collection agency), and manage not to be sued, it can be 7-10 years before the debt is finally "gone" and disappears from their credit bureau report.

People frequently change their phone numbers in hopes of evading debt collectors, but debt collectors employ various tactics to track down debtors. This is usually quite effective, and 90% of the time the debtor is eventually located.

I think the ***hole who was convicted deserves the max possible. Yes, rapists/murderers/etc. deserve far worse, but it doesn't lessen that ***hole's crimes :angry:.

a huge fine and a ban from using any a PC /mac would work better than an OTT 101 years. do the american courts think that spammers are super human and can live for ever?