Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FTC Petitions Court to Stop Spam

The Federal Trade Commission has asked a judge to shutdown a text-messaging spam operation of Phillip A. Flora. Authorities allege that, at the operation's height, it was sending out some 85 text messages per minute. Recipients received these at inconvenient times and had to pay text charges from their carriers.

During a 40-day period starting in August, 2009, Flora's spam operation sent out 5.5 million text messages. The FTC says Flora collected information from those who responded to text messages, even if the message was one asking him to stop. The agency also says Flora violated the CAN-SPAM Act.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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