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Spammers Settle With FTC

Two more large-scale spammers have settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that they sent commercial e-mails in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act.

According to the FTC, the Matthew Olson and Jennifer LeRoy sent millions of unwanted and unsolicited e-mail while concealing the true identity of the sender.

In November, the FTC brought a lawsuit against Olson and LeRoy, both of Washington State, as part of a wider campaign targeting spammers who hijack users' computers and turn them into spamming machines.

The practice obscures the original source of the message so spammers can avoid detection by law enforcement officials and elude spam filters used by Internet service providers.

In addition, the spam sent by Olson and LeRoy contained false "From" information, misleading subject lines and failed to provide for an opt-out provision, all of which are violations of the CAN-SPAM Act.

As part of the settlement, Olson and LeRoy agreed to no further violations of the law.

A $45,000 judgment against the two will be suspended due to their inability to pay. However, the FTC noted, the judgment will be reinstated if Olson and LeRoy have misrepresented their financial condition.

Among the products Olson and LeRoy pushed included mortgage plans and a device for improving automobile gas mileage.