Compensation of $ 100 for each spam message

    On September 28, the Quebec Supreme Court upheld the decision of the U.S. lower court and upheld the verdict : Montreal resident Adam Guerbes must pay $ 100 in compensation for each of the 4,366,386 spam messages he sent on Facebook between March and April 2008. Subject to penalties and the exchange rate, the total amount of payments will be 1,068,928,721.46 Canadian dollars ($ 873 million). In addition, he has been banned from starting a Facebook account for life.

    Guerbes, the “online marketing professional,” as he calls himself, said he was having difficulty collecting the amount and was about to file for bankruptcy.

    The spammer published advertisements for various products (including marijuana and drugs for erectile dysfunction) on the walls of users, in comments on photographs and other places. To add himself to friends with hundreds of thousands of people, the fraudster collected user logins and passwords using phishing.

    The court noted that Guerbes managed to earn “a substantial amount of money” through his activities, and considers the compensation fair, because he used a particularly vile scheme and published messages allegedly from friends.

    Adam Guerbes calls the fine too high: “If something unnecessary gets into my mailbox, I just click the Delete button. That’s why it’s on the keyboard, ”he said in a statementon your site. He added that he himself receives a hundred spam messages per day, but cannot go and demand $ 100 for each letter. Adam also expressed gratitude to the many users who left indignant comments on the Quebec court.

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