Yahoo! awarded $610 million in spammer case

Dec 08, 2011
A visitor stands next to a laptop near the logo of Yahoo at a trade fair in Germany 2007. Yahoo! on Wednesday said that a judge ordered spammers to pay $610 million for running a larcenous lottery scheme using the Internet pioneer's name.

Yahoo! on Wednesday said that a judge ordered spammers to pay $610 million for running a larcenous lottery scheme using the Internet pioneer's name.

The default judgment, which meant no one showed up to defend against the accusations, was declared on Monday by a federal district judge in New York, according to Yahoo!.

It was left to Yahoo! to find the culprits and collect the money.

"In the scheme, email messages were unlawfully sent to Internet users with the intent of deceiving them into believing they had a lottery prize offered by Yahoo!," the California firm said in a release.

The scam was designed to trick people into revealing valuable personal information such as passwords and , according to Yahoo!.

Valuable secrets gleaned from people were reportedly used for nefarious activities such as looting bank accounts or stealing identities.

Some supposed lottery winners were duped into sending money for non-existent processing or mailing charges for prizes that never arrived.

The court order was the culmination of a lawsuit filed in 2008.

The award included $27 million for and a $583 million penalty for violating the US CAN-SPAM Act.

The struggling Internet firm could use the cash, which promised to be nearly impossible to collect.

Explore further: Short sellers not to blame for 2008 financial crisis, study finds

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Yahoo ready to deliver on promise to upgrade email

May 24, 2011

(AP) -- Yahoo Inc. is giving its popular email service a long-promised facelift in an attempt to make it more appealing to people who are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Google and other online alternatives to communicate.

Japan's Softbank unloads Yahoo! shares

Aug 26, 2011

Japanese telecom giant Softbank on Friday said it was selling the bulk of its holdings in US Internet firm Yahoo! to Citibank in repayment of a 2004 loan.

Recommended for you

Chinese smartphone makers win as market swells

6 hours ago

Chinese smartphone makers racked up big gains as the global market for Internet-linked handsets grew to record levels in the second quarter, International Data Corp said Tuesday.

Full appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

6 hours ago

(AP)—A federal appeals court has upheld new government rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

BlackBerry buys German anti-eavesdropping firm

7 hours ago

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry announced Tuesday the purchase of German voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart, whose customers include NATO and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...

India's Flipkart raises $1 bn to tackle Amazon

9 hours ago

India's top e-commerce company Flipkart said Tuesday it had raised $1 billion (60 billion rupees) in funds as it battles US giant Amazon for supremacy in the hyper-competitive local market.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Decimatus
not rated yet Dec 08, 2011
It makes it sound like these spammers were in court fighting the charges.

Somehow I dbout that.
CHollman82
1 / 5 (1) Dec 08, 2011
600 something million huh...

The courts are completely out of touch with reality.