The first spim case has an L.A. connection

Here’s a story that I meant to blog back in February, but never got around to it. I don’t use MySpace or friendster (though I do have accounts at both places), but I do use IM via AIM/Y!/ICQ. I am all for prosecuting spimmers, spammers, and of course, telemarketers for intruding upon my life and time.

U.S. makes first arrest for spim

A U.S teenager has become the first person to be arrested on suspicion of sending unsolicited instant messages–or spim.

Anthony Greco, 18, was lured from New York to Los Angeles under the pretence of a business meeting. He was arrested upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport last Wednesday.

Greco allegedly sent 1.5 million messages advertising pornography and mortgages. According to reports, the recipients of the messages were all members of the MySpace.com online networking service.

In a further twist upon the scam, Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if MySpace.com didn’t sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service.

Greco believed he was flying to Los Angeles to cement that agreement with MySpace President Tom Anderson. [full story]