Florida Sues Spammers Filary and Townsend – Microsoft Helps

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The state of Florida, through Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, and with Microsoft’s assistance, has sued two prolific spammers, Scott Filary and Donald Townsend, whom are accused of sending at least 65,000 pieces of spam, some 48,000 of which were sent after the passage of Florida’s new anti-spam law last year. As a result, each transgression is worth a cool $500, making the total liablity which Filary and Towsend face as much as $24million.

According to the Florida anti-spam lawsuit filed by Attorney General Crist, Filary and Townsend had registered as many as 350 domains, operating 75 websites, and sending out spam hawking everything from cigarettes to pharmaceuticals, and from e-books to pirated movies, and even cash advances.


Microsoft assisted in the case by catching as many as 48,000 pieces of the spam sent by Filary and Townsend in special email addresses known as “spam traps”, and sharing the evidence with Crist’s office.

Said Attorney General Crist, “Spam is a pervasive and growing threat to unsuspecting computer users everywhere. The spam itself is illegal, but it is made even worse when it seeks to rip off Florida consumers. Florida’s antispam law was adopted precisely to stop operations such as this one.”

Added Jon Peck, a spokesman for Crist’s office, “These guys are major players.”

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