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Missouri Brothers Indicted In $4 Million Spam Scheme

Face 51-counts

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Two Missouri men and their two accomplices have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a nationwide email spamming scheme that targeted more than 2,000 colleges and universities.

Through the spamming scheme more than $4 million worth of products were sold to students, according to Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Amir Ahmad Shah, 28 of St. Louis, his brother, Osmaan Ahmad Shah, 25, of Columbia, Mo., their business, I20, Liu Guang Ming, of China, and Paul Zucker, 55 of Wayne, N.J. were charged in a 51-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Kansas City,Mo.

Matt J. Whitworth
Matt J. Whitworth

"Nearly every college and university in the United States was impacted by this scheme," Whitworth said. "Illegal hacking and e-mail spamming wreaks havoc on computer networks."

"These schools spent significant funds to repair the damage and to implement costly preventive measures to defend themselves against future intrusions. We take computer crimes seriously and will aggressively prosecute those who violate the federal CAN-SPAM Act."

According to the indictment, the Shahs, typically sent millions of spam messages through the computer network at the University of Missouri, where Osmann Shah is a student. The university’s network was damaged from the large amount of network resources and bandwidth used during the sending of spam through its system.

"The University of Missouri has worked closely alongside our office throughout this investigation," Whitworth said. "We appreciate their partnership and cooperation, which has been instrumental in bringing this case to indictment."

The Shahs allegedly made money from the spam campaigns by earning a referral fee for sending spam for products and services sold by others, or by buying products in bulk themselves and then selling those products.

Missouri Brothers Indicted In $4 Million Spam Scheme
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  • ShahShank Redemption

    Seems to me that these guys provided a product to adults who wanted them. $4.1 million should be enough of a proof of concept for anyone…. excepts for the Feds. Kinda forgot to mention that a rep from MU said that they there was no known damage caused by any campaign. Glad to hear that the American dream is alive and well, unless your name sounds foreign.

    • Guest

      What a joke. And a waste of time, money, and a ridiculous amount of talent. Yay-meri-cuh!

    • ForeignNamedGuy

      Do some research my friend. Go look up the past CAN-SPAM prosecutions and tell me if their names were all “foreign”. And FYI, if you actually cared to read the indictment, these guys allegedly MISREPRESENTED themselves and PRETENDED to be people that they were NOT. That’s a crime my friend. Scaring people, by ADMITTEDLY pretending to be University affiliated, into buying things is atrocious behavior in my book…and oh by the way I have a foreign sounding name. If these facts are true, this is a LEGITIMATE prosecution. Lets stop being hypersensitive and take a look at the facts before always playing the victim card. Thank you.

      PS The American Dream is people like my father. A guy who LEGITIMATELY made his way from nothing to the top of his field to provide for his family.