SPAMMER SLAMMED

Physician's Money Digest, July15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 13

It took more than a year forEarthLink, a major Internet serviceprovider, to put a major spammerout of business, but the companyfinally had its day in court, winning a$16.4-million judgment against thealleged spam king, Harold Carmack.According to the lawsuit, Carmacksent more than 825 million spam emailson EarthLink's network overthe course of a year, using more than340 accounts opened with falseidentities, while at times defyingcompany employees to track himdown. Although spammers oftenpromote surefire investmentschemes, they apparently haven'tfound many themselves; officials saythey usually have little if any moneyto pay off judgments like the one inthe EarthLink case.