Facebook Spammer Fined $1 Billion USD

How does one say in French: “We’re gonna make an example out of you, boy”. The Toronto Sun is reporting that convicted spammer Adam Guerbuez of Montreal has been ordered to pay $1 billion to Facebook by Quebec Superior Court. The court was upholding a U.S. Federal court fine that resulted from a wave of four million spam ads sent to Facebook users in 2008.

Guerbuez did not contest the Sept. 28 Quebec Superior Court ruling.

The Sun wrote: “According to Facebook, Guerbuez fooled its users into providing him with their usernames and passwords. One method was the use of fake websites that posed as legitimate destinations.

“After Guerbuez gained access to user’s personal profiles, he used computer programs to send out millions of messages promoting a variety of products, including marijuana and penis-enlargement products, Facebook said.

“(Superior Court judge) Fournier wrote that Guerbuez has earned ‘very significant revenues’ from his online business.”

Guerbuez appears to have maintained a very high public presence on his Web site adamguerbuez.com since 2008 and even scheduled a news conference today.

The site includes photos of the very substantial Guerbuez in casinos as well as shots of plates of food in what appears to be a very nice Montreal restaurant.

His first 2008 blog posts were to deny reports that police had raided his home and that he had an extensive criminal record.

Tom Kelchner is Research Center Manager at Sunbelt Software. Tom is a communications professional with extensive background in computer security, anti-virus application testing and computer virus analysis. He is a former daily newspaper reporter and deputy press secretary to governor of Pennsylvania.