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AOL gives away spammer's goods

by Nikola Strahija on August 11th, 2005 AOL is planning to give away assets seized from spammers in a US sweepstake due to launch Wednesday. A 2003 Hummer H2, $75,000 in cash and $20,000 in gold are up for grabs in a give-away of the illicit gains of junk mailing.


-We think it's justice, says Curtis Lu, AOL deputy general counsel. -We're taking the ill-gotten bounty these spammers have earned off the backs of our customers and handing it back to customers.’

AOL obtained the gold, cash and car after suing an unnamed New Hampshire penis pill purveyor using the CAN SPAM Act. AOL sued after receiving hundreds of thousands of complaints from members.

AOL said the sweepstake illustrated that anti-spam laws are an effective weapon in its spam-fighting arsenal alongside email filtering and other technology countermeasures.


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