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Friday, August 12, 2005
REDMOND, Washington -- A man once accused of being one of the world's top three spamers has agreed to pay $7 million in a settlement with Microsoft, the software maker announced Tuesday.

The money from Scott Richter and his company, OptInRealBig.com of Westminster, Colo., will be used to boost efforts to combat the illegal sending of unsolicited and misleading computer misuse, said Microsoft's chief counsel, Brand Smith.

Besides spending the money in enhance Internet safety partnership with governments worldwide through training, technological development and investigative assistance, the company pledged $1 million to expand computer access for the poor at community centers in New York state.

The settlement is conditional upon dismissal of bankcruptcy petitions Richter and his 4 year old company have pending in U.S. Bankcruptcy court in Denver, and they were expected to file the required motions tuesday.

He and his affiliated businesses also agreed to comply with Federal and State laws, including CANSPAM, the Federal Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act, and will not confirmed a willingness to receive it.

Another provision calls for three years of oversight of Richter's operation.

In a settlement announced July 19, Richter and OpInRealBig.com agreed to pay New York state $50,000 in penalties and investigative costs to provide New York Attorney General's office with customer information and all advertisements it sends, and use proper indentifying information when registering Internet domain names.

Richeter, who was removed last month from the Register of Know Spam Operators maintained by the Spamhaus Project, an anti-spam and consumer advocacy group, did not admit wrongdoing but said he had changed the way he does business.

(Associated Press)
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