The persistence of Spamford

Ig Nobel Prize winner Sanford Wallace provides yet another lesson in persistence. Wallace (a.k.a. “Spamford”, or the “Spam King”) was awarded the 1997 Ig Nobel Prize in communications because “neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night have stayed this self-appointed courier from delivering electronic junk mail to all the world.” A February 27, 2009 report by Inside Facebook explains:

Three months after being awarded $873 million in a lawsuit against Atlantis Blue Capital for violating the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, Facebook earlier this week filed a federal complaint against “Spam King” Sanford Wallace in San Jose District Court. Las Vegas night club manager Adam Arzoomanian and Scott Shaw are also named as defendants in the suit.

This is not the first time Wallace or Arzoomanian have been accused of malicious marketing practices on social networks. In May of 2008, MySpace won a $234 million judgment against Wallace and business partner Walter Rines for illegal spam and phishing attacks against MySpace users. In fact, Wallace has been building his “Spam King” reputation since 1997, having been charged with various federal crimes over the last decade….

(Thanks to investigator David Brooks for bringing this to our attention.)