Criminal Charges for Spamming
Speak to a Top Ohio Computer Crimes Attorney
The internet has ultimately changed the way that many crimes occur. Thanks
to this growing form of technology and communication, email has begun
to dominate the way we keep up with each other in the business world and
on a personal basis. However, when unsolicited emails flood a person's
inbox, it can cause frustration and even be considered a criminal offense.
Spamming may seem like a minor infraction, but it can carry serious, federal
penalties. When these spam emails carry viruses or worms, they can be
cyber crimes. If you are being accused of illegal spamming, you need to take action
to protect your rights. Contact the proven Cleveland computer crimes lawyers
at Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law to retain smart and effective defense.
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Understanding Spamming Crimes and the CAN-SPAM Act
While sending unsolicited emails is not illegal on all occasions, there
are certain factors that turn this annoyance into a crime. If an individual
attempts to falsify or forge electronic mail transmission information
in order to send mass bulk emails through a provider or any of its subscribers,
it could be considered a federal crime.
The CAN-SPAM Act was created as a counter to spam emails and stands for
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing. This
anti-spam legislation puts standards on sending commercial emails and
enables the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce these regulations.
That makes spamming a federal crime that can be prosecuted in federal
court, resulting in much harsher penalties than state crimes.
While spamming is often just unsolicited emails, it can also include sending
- Instant messages
- Web search engines
- Online ads
- Text messaging
- Social network messaging
- File sharing networks
- Online forums
The act also prohibits any email message to be sent through an open relay,
sent to harvested email addresses, or to contain a false header in order
to encourage a receiver to open it.
While some spamming emails are seemingly more of an annoyance than criminal
activity, it could steal land you behind bars for committing such an act.
You need to take fast action to protect your rights.
Contact our firm today to start building your defense!