The Las Vegas Man Sanford Wallace better known as the Facebook Spam King is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison announced yesterday by the Department of Justice. The 47-year-old man will start serving his sentence from September that will be followed by a five year of supervised release. Apart from the 30 months imprisonment, he is also charged with a fine of $310,628.55 in restitution. According to the Department of Justice, Sanford Wallace obtained, stored and exploited several Facebook accounts to earn money directing users to other websites.
The story started several years back when this Spam King set up an account on Facebook by the name of David Fredericks and then went onto creating an automatic process that allowed him to sign into other people’s Facebook account easily. He then retrieved the friend list of those accounts and sent messages to one another that were designed to trick people into visiting another website. In the event of doing so, the users were asked to provide their personal information and then they could visit the affiliate site.
Spam King Accessed Facebook’s Network Several Times in 2008
Even worse is, the Spam King accessed Facebook’s network several times in 2008 and 2009 for sending thousands of spam messages. On an average 27 million spam message has been sent by him during that time. Facebook incurred a huge loss of $711 million that year and the social networking site sued Wallace along with two other spammers.
The case was then transferred to US Attorney’s Office for criminal charges that resulted in 2011 inducement and the same year he turned himself into FBI. In the plea agreement of Sanford Wallace, he confessed that he compromised around 500,000 Facebook accounts between November 2008 and March 2009 for using them to send around 27 million Spam messages.