Ben Laurie blathering

Money for Spam

Amazingly, someone has successfully sued a spammer in the UK.

What I’d like to know is exactly what he did so we can all do it.

Update: I am in contect with Nigel Roberts, and there will be a “how to” soon.


  1. 270 quid isn’t really a lot though, when you consider just how much of a pain spam is.

    Having said that, I have had a reasonably positive response from people who’ve done semi-targeted mailshots and happened to spam me – in one case, the CEO wrote back to apologise. The harder bit is tracing those who operate the botnets and viruses, which form the major part of my spam corpus, and are much more of a pain to get rid of.

    Comment by Matthew B-M — 28 Dec 2005 @ 9:28

  2. The point about £270 is that it makes it a small claim, which makes it much cheaper to do. It also makes it uneconomic for the spammers to oppose, since they probably will lose anyway. If lots of people do this, it could have a radical impact on spam.

    Comment by Ben — 28 Dec 2005 @ 13:37

  3. It’s pretty appalling that it’s taken so long for this to be pointed out as a viable option — and by a member of the public, too, not by a consumer group or even a government body.

    Has the ICO taken a single action against UK spammers yet? Last I heard (2005-07-20), it had not, and at the same time was requiring that spam complaints be submitted on paper.


    Comment by Justin Mason — 27 Jan 2006 @ 1:43

  4. ive been sent spam email from a uk company regarding a job. They claim to have got my details from a website ive never heard of. Do you know if it would be possible to sue using the EU directive as although im british my email address ends in

    Also do you know when the How To guide will be published?

    Comment by alex porter — 17 Feb 2006 @ 16:03

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