This Facebook Spam Kingpin Was Fined $1 Billion

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Poor Adam Guerbuez. The self-styled online marketer posted over four million spam messages on Facebook in spring of 2008 and was slapped with a $100 fine for each message. With the exchange rate, he owes $1,068,928,721.46.

Guerbuez, who hails from Montreal, was initially hit with the fine by a California court in 2008. The Quebec Superior Court upheld the ruling last week.

The superspammer posed as a friend to users and used software to automatically post advertisements on their walls for products related to marijuana, erectile dysfunction, and penis enlargement. Four. million. times. That's a lot of penis on a lot of walls. The Quebec Superior Court Justice Lise Fournier said that Guerbeuz's spam was unparalleled for Facebook:

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Facebook had never been targeted by as much spam and the method used was particularly efficient given that the spam appeared to be coming from users' friends.

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Guerbuez's lawyer says the fines are excessive and have "no proportion with any of the loss or the profits sustained," though the judge said he made "very significant revenues" from the advertisements. Guerbuez declared bankruptcy in recent months, though it's unclear what that means for paying his exorbitant fine.

Anyway, Guerbuez himself doesn't understand what the fuss is all about. "If there's anything that does hit my e-mail box that I didn't ask to receive, I'll simply press the delete button," he said on his website. "That's what it's on the keyboard for." [CTA and CNews]

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George Stobbart

okay, I was just poking around, and apparently this douche bag had a blog where he calls himself the 873 million dollar man. You can see him posing with police officers, eating steak dinners, going to the caymans, vacationing in vegas, driving around in a new mercedes s550, flaunting his place in the Guinness book of world records, and even a creepy crystal reward he made for himself.

I had no clue that being bankrupt and owing about a billion dollars could be so baller. Click on the link if you like getting angry.

[adamguerbuez.com]