Scammers Going To Jail

from the crackdown-time dept

It looks like some internet scammers are finally getting some serious jailtime. A man who was caught running a phishing scam has just been sentenced to 46 months in prison. Meanwhile, the guy who conned lots of Wall Street insiders out of half a million dollars by telling them he was selling pre-IPO shares in Google has entered a guilty plea in the case, and now faces 51 to 63 months in jail. I have no problem putting such obvious scammers in jail for breaking the law. I do wonder, however, if the punishment really fits the crime.

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    data64, 18 May 2004 @ 10:18am

    Deterrent ?

    I do wonder, however, if the punishment really fits the crime.

    I guess this depends on whether you see the sentence as only a punishment or being used as an example for deterring others.
    I also understand that particular topic is a really big can of worms, best left alone.

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      brian, 3 Aug 2006 @ 2:23pm

      Re: Deterrent ?

      hey think scammers should get 90 to life i just had a guy try to scam me.see i am saleing an atv on olx and this guy wanted to send me a cashers check for $3.500.00 dollers and i am saleing the atv for $2.000 and then he told me as soon as i got the check take it to my bank and cash it and send hem 1.400 dollers of it to his guy in london by western union so he can come pick it up i told hem i will after the check clears
      hmmmm i havent heard from hem in 3 days and the check its a fake so if you can help me get this guy put away here is his email adders terryharris2476@yahoo.com thanks

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 May 2004 @ 12:12pm

    No Subject Given

    Spam is an annoyance but hardly a crime punishable by these ludicrous sentences.

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      Mike (profile), 18 May 2004 @ 12:20pm

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      These weren't spammers. They were both scams ripping people off from their money.

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        Cyke, 18 May 2004 @ 3:56pm

        Re: No Subject Given

        Now if I went to the bank and stole a half million dollars, I'd probably get alot more time then 4 - 5 years. The sad thing is they will probably be out in six months with some probation.

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