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Email spam scam and threats to kill

by Nikola Strahija on October 14th, 2005 Peter Francis-Macrae, the 23-year-old who is allegedly the UK's biggest spammer, faces another variety of charges ranging from threats to kill to fraudulent trading in a trial at Peterborough Crown Court this week.


Francis-Macrae allegedly made a small fortune (1.1 m pounds) through a series of domain registration scams, promoted using bulk email. He is accused of fraudulently selling unavailable .eu domains among other scams dating back five years. He's also accused of sending out fraudulent re-registration letters to UK domain owners.

But that wasn’t it for the young villain. Francis-Macrae also threatened to slit the throats of trading standards officers investigating suspected scams and is accused of telling a police switchboard operator, who'd recently been diagnosed with cancer, that he hoped she caught the disease.

He splashed all the money on designer clothes and helicopter lessons. -He resorted to using violent verbal abuse and deadly threats to quite innocent people when challenged about his fraudulent activity," Rupert Mayo, counsel the prosecution told the court.

After police first questioned Francis-Macrae, he allegedly sent out a bulk mail with the phone number of the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, promoting recipients to phone up the police to complain. He's also accused of threatening to plant a car bomb at police headquarters.


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