In a judgment by a court-appointed arbitrator, Scott Richter of Westminster, Colorado, must pay $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in legal fees for sending out more than 100 million spam messages daily to MySpace users during August 2006. While promoting a website called Consumerpromotionscenter.com, Richter used phished MySpace accounts to assail users and overwhelm an ill-equipped staff at MySpace to deal with such security problems.
Steven Richter, father of Scott Richter and president of Media Breakaway has agreed to the arbitration and “plans to pay the money he awarded and not appeal it.”
According to records, this is not the first time Richter has been accused of spamming and had judgments against him. In 2005, Richter other company had to pay Microsoft $7 million for similar charges.