Online spammers must pay millions

A federal judge in New York ordered key players in an international spam operation to repay the $3.7 million earned from promoting bogus Hoodia weight-loss products and an anti-aging pill online. 
     The order marks the settlement of an October 2007 lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, the first case to use the US SAFE WEB Act, a federal law aimed at shielding consumers from international scams. The Act targets international perpetrators of Internet fraud and deceptive advertising, as well as spam and spyware distribution. The Act allows for easier exchange of information among the FTC and its foreign counterparts.

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