I have always been amazed at the massive amounts of spam. Never understood or took the time to learn what was in it for the crazy spammers.
A spammer has been fined $16 million by the US Federal Trade Commission. Note, this is after already being fined $100k!
The spam guru, 26 yrs of age and living in Queensland has been fined $16 Million by the US Federal Trade Commission. Why? Because at one point he is believed to be responsible for 1/3 of the world's SPAM!
He had previously admitted to his “spammy tactics” and was fined $100k by a New Zealand Court. The FTC decided that wasn't enough and slapped him with another $16 million. The original $100k fine only related to 2 million emails he and 2 other allegedly sent to New Zealand addresses which netted them $2 million +! Wow! I never knew there was so much money to be made in SPAM! Yikes!
The trio had 35k PC strong bot-net and sent on average 10 billion messages a day pushing prescription drugs!! That is a LOT of SPAM! 3 million complaints were lodged against the spammers in a six-month period against Atkinson's Australian-registered company, Inet Ventures, which was one of four companies peddling prescription drugs targetd by the fTC.
So how did they do it? They had a network of international supply, distribution and payment providers who all benefited from the online sale of prescription drugs.