Apparently, You Can Get Over 2 Years In Jail For Spamming Facebook

Priyanka Prasad
A 47-year-old man was sentenced to 30 months in prison and thousands in fines after spamming over 55,000 people with 27 million messages on Facebook.


Spamming people on Facebook may be extremely disruptive and generally frowned upon, but there are apparently legal consequences for it too—47-year-old Sanford Wallace was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his Facebook spamming.

Wallace allegedly crowned himself the “Spam King” and “Spamford” for his efforts, which have now led to over a hundred thousand dollars in fines.

The specific charges Wallace was indicted on were “illegally obtaining Facebook account information and attempting to bait users into clicking malicious links that would download their friends lists,” according to the Daily Dot.

Over the course of a few months, he sent over 27 million spam messages to 55,000 people through 1,500 fake names, which is so prolific it can almost be considered an accomplishment.

This is not the first time Wallace has been charged with spamming. In 1995, “he set up a company called Cyber Promotions to send spam messages via fax and email. Civil suits have been brought against him by Facebook, MySpace, AOL, and the Federal Trade Commission," the Daily Dot reports.

Wallace reportedly has accrued $1 billion in damages to multiple companies.

With lengthy jail time, there appears to finally be an end to Wallace’s professional spamming career. 

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