Facebook Spammer Could Face 16 Years in Prison

Lora Bentley

In October 2009, Facebook won a $711 million civil judgment against notorious spammer Sanford Wallace, who was already banned from the social networking site.


Wallace had gone phishing to steal Facebook usernames and passwords, then used those credentials to spam his victims' Facebook walls. According to PCWorld, he profitted by using the spam to drive traffic to affiliate marketing websites. Because Wallace also logged onto his Facebook account after he was banned, as well as creating a new account early this year, his case was referred to federal authorities for criminal investigation.


Last week, Wallace surrendered to the FBI, and the indictment issued against him July 6 was made public. He faces criminal contempt charges and could be sentenced to up to 16 years in prison if he is convicted. In a statement, Facebook told PCWorld:

We applaud the efforts of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI to bring spammers to justice... We will continue to pursue and support both civil and criminal consequences for spammers or others who attempt to harm Facebook or the people who use our service.

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