In yesterday’s news, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled against Jeremy Jaynes and upheld his conviction on sending mass distributions of unsolicited e-mails through American Online’s (or AOL) system. It is definitely a victory for all users of e-mails and is a benchmark as Mr. Jaynes becomes the first spammer convicted under the nation’s anti-spamming law.
Considered one of the top 10 spammers in the world, Jaynes will be jailed to begin his nine-year sentence in Virginia. Through his exploits, he has amassed $750,000 in tricking individuals to click on his spam mail. While he was enjoying his freedom before he was caught, he was sending out 10 MILLION e-mails a day and after hearing Jaynes’ appeal was denied, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell was quoted as saying:
“Spam costs Virginia citizens and businesses thousands of dollars every year in lost time and resources,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Online fraud is a costly and serious crime.”