FTC shuts down major international spam operation

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The Federal Trade Commission has today convinced a court to shut down a major international spam operation, believed to have marketed bogus drugs to enhance male sexual performance, fake luxury watches and weight loss solutions.

Australia-based Lance Thomas Atkinson, a citizen of New Zealand, and US-based Jody Michael Smith are defendants in a case brought by the FTC, who claim to have received over three million complaints from people affected by the spam operation. Four companies owned by Atkinson and Smith (Inet Ventures Pty, Tango Pay Inc, Click Fision Inc, and Twobucks Trading Ltd) are also named in court documents.

Many people who own an email address will be all too familiar with the sight of an email in their inbox offering them a “100% safe and natural herbal” male enhancement pill – but according to the FTC these drugs may not work as claimed, and may be…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.