Alleged Spammer Settles with Massachusetts


The first state prosecution under the federal CAN-SPAM Act was resolved this week when the state of Massachusetts reached a settlement with DC Enterprises and its principal owner, William Carson. Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly had filed the suit against Carson and DC Enterprises in July, alleging that the company sent thousands of messages that failed to provide a valid "opt-out" feature, did not identify themselves as advertisements, and used bogus return addresses.The messages reportedly asked recipients to send personal and financial information. In a statement, Reilly described the e-mail messages as the type that "threaten the credibility of companies using e-mail for legitimate purposes." Carson and DC Enterprises will pay $25,000 and will end practices that violate the CAN-SPAM Act as well as Massachusetts state laws.

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