Scott Richter was, for a time, considered one of the top spam kings out there. In the book, Spam Kings, Richter is portrayed as someone who continually goes back and forth over whether to be legit or whether be a normal spammer -- though, in practice, it certainly looked like the temptation to spam was too strong. Richter has been involved in a number of lawsuits, including one in New York where he received a slap on the wrist and told to stop spamming. Richter also recently filed for bankruptcy, but it wasn't because he was broke -- but because he wanted to protect himself from another lawsuit (this one from Microsoft). In fact, the details showed that the supposedly "bankrupt" Richter was doing quite well. With his reputation, many will certainly be surprised to hear that he may have actually gone legit after all of this. Brian McWilliams reports that Richter has been removed from the infamous "ROKSO" list (Registry of Known Spam Operations), often considered the most complete and detailed list of spammers. Anti-spammers have been watching him closely, and apparently have been unable to find any spam associated with Richter in many months, leading to his removal from the list. If it's true, it would be impressive -- so here's hoping that he's really become a reformed spammer.
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