Spam King turns himself in

Man charged with sending over 27 million spam messages on Facebook faces jail

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Spam King turns himself in Spam King Sanford Wallace has turned himself in to the FBI in the US. Wallace is accused of sending out over 27 million spam messages. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 8, 2011

Sanford Wallace, a US man accused of breaching Facebook spam filters and sending out over 27 million spam messages to Facebook users has turned himself in to the FBI, according to the BBC.

Prosecutors have alleged that Wallace, known as the Spam King, developed a programme that lured users to submit their account details to a website controlled by him.

Wallace has denied the charges and has been released on $100,000 bail. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail.

According to prosecutors, the programme developed by Wallace posted messages, supposedly from friends, on Facebook users' walls, telling them to visit a website where their account details were then stolen.

Victims were then lured into another site, which is said to have earned Wallace considerable revenue.

The programme also stole lists of Facebook users' friends and posted the same messages on their walls.

Approximately 500,000 Facebook accounts were affected by the programme between November 2008 and March 2009.

Wallace has been charged with six counts of electronic mail fraud, three counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt.

In 2009 Wallace was sued by Facebook and ordered not to access the social network; however, he is alleged to have repeatedly violated the order.

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