Cajun King Of Spam Stirs Pot Of Controversy

from the count-the-lies... dept

Yet another "profile of a spammer" in USA Today. This one talks to the latest "high profile spammer" Ronnie Scelson, who wants to be famous more than anything else in the world - and seems to be using his spam infamy for that purpose. Of course, like every other spammer profile, he talks about how much money he's making and how big his house is. What's amusing is that USA Today never seems to question any of this, even after pointing out that Scelson recently filed for bankruptcy and is $500,000 in debt. Sounds like a real success story going there. Also amusing is the quote from Alan Ralsky, the man who learned the hard way what happens when you gloat about your spamming abilities, saying that he wishes Scelson would just quiet down and keep a low profile.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • identicon
    Michael Ward, 25 Jun 2003 @ 10:05am

    Spammers-Be-Gone

    The current issue of TECHNOLOGY REVIEW has a good article on spam and the (probably doomed) technological efforts to minimize its bad effects on us.

    Spamming isn't a technical problem; it's a social problem. As long as there are no social controls on spamming behavior, some individuals will spam. They make money by stealing a little bit from each of us, in our time, our taxes, our telecom charges.

    The answer is to establish penalties for spamming that can be enforced on individuals. The interesting thing about spam is that it always includes a trail back to the guilty parties; or else there is no benefit to the spammer or the merchant who uses him. The TR article quotes a spam-fighter to the effect that 200 individuals are responsible for nine-tenths of all spam in the world.

    Publish that list. Establish social controls over those 200 scumbags by the use of moral suasion.

    Ever read Eric Frank Russell's SF novel "Wasp"? The list is long. Dirac Angestun Gesept.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Oliver Wendell Jones, 25 Jun 2003 @ 10:36am

      Re: Spammers-Be-Gone

      The interesting thing about spam is that it always includes a trail back to the guilty parties; or else there is no benefit to the spammer or the merchant who uses him

      I would hesitate to say always - at least 10% of the SPAM I receive has no links, no e-mail address (other than the forged one in the header) and no phone number. Often times there is no clue as to what the product or offering really is. Those are the ones that I really scratch my head over.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Sponsored Promotion
Public Money, Public Code - Sign The Open Letter at publiccode.eu
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.