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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A New York state man who sent out millions of "spam" e-mails was sentenced to 3-1/2 to seven years in prison, the state attorney general's office said on Thursday.

    Howard Carmack, known as the "Buffalo Spammer," received the maximum sentence for 14 counts of identity theft and forgery, a spokesman for New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said.

    Carmack sent out 825 million bulk e-mail messages using stolen identities and forged addresses, the court found, and was the first defendant to face charges under the state's new identity-theft statute.

    He was found guilty in April.

    The forgery conviction fetched the longest sentence, while the other convictions drew shorter sentences of one year to four years. All will be served concurrently, Spitzer spokesman Brad Maione said.

    Carmack could be out in 3-1/2 should he behave in prison, Maione said.

    Internet provider EarthLink Inc (Nasdaq:ELNK - news). won a $16.5 million judgment against Carmack last year, and EarthLink officials testified in the criminal trial as well.

    "We're satisfied that today's sentencing sends a strong message to spammers, and EarthLink will continue to investigate spammers and work with law enforcement," said EarthLink assistant general counsel Karen Cashion in a statement.

    Unwanted bulk messages now account for roughly 83 percent of e-mail traffic, according to filtering company Postini Inc.

    Many of Carmack's alleged activities are illegal under a national anti-spam law that took effect in January, seven months after he was charged.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Rhea:
    Who's next? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    We should start a wish list and send it to the NY AG, Haiko is his office close to where you live?

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    Any idea how to get an update on what's happening with the NY AG's lawsuit against OptinRealBig & friends? I've used the information request form on the site twice & never received a reply. I hope they're next on the list.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Who's next? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I nominate whoever's behind "Mail Estate" and "Lense Cleaner." They keep getting by my spam filter.

    And add 20 months to Lense Cleaner's sentence for constantly misspelling such a simple word.
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    I hope this does not turn into a WAR ON DRUGS situation!

    War On Spam!

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    Speaking of spam, have you guys started getting oodles of porn spam in the last two days? All of a sudden I'm getting tons of the stuff. :bleccch:

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    I have had alot of porn spam in the last few days half the stuff are attention to other people so it gets round my spam filters.

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    "We're satisfied that today's sentencing sends a strong message to spammers"

    Yea me too, fry those spammers one at the time and don't stop now, there are many that deserve jail time and a big million dollars judgment against them, it's time those crooks pay up.


    "Unwanted bulk messages now account for roughly 83 percent of e-mail traffic"

    I think is more than that but, as long as they get what they deserve, who's counting the %, maybe one day soon it will be ok to put the contacts e-mail back on our website.

    Sal.

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    Anyone try the Turkey SPAM fried?

    Its new!

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    I just to eat Hormel out of the can or fried before I started on AM, but now I don't buy it anymore because I am afraid to find a parasite or a worm inside the can.

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    Great News!!
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    Now they will put him in charge of the state prisons call centers, cause he has " computer experience".

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    I hope the spammer gets a really big welcome from his cellmate!

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    This is fricking awesome. Does anyone remember the days when there wasn't SPAM?

    Ah, things were simpler back then.

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    I am used to the hundreds of SPAMs I get every day, and deal with them pretty well.

    The thing that I have the biggest problem with are those that are using some of my addresses as the reply-to in their SPAMs. I continue to get the returns on those that don't make it to the other end.

    I think I'll go take some pain killers and watch TV.

    Fred

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    If it ever goes away completely, I wonder if people will start sending themselves spam, kinda like cell phone companies adding noise to their phones cuz it didn't seem right w/out it

    riiiiight :P
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    The beginning of the end for
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