If the name Sanford Wallace is familiar to you, you’ve probably been following the Web-wide spam scene for a while.

Wallace is a notorious offender, sometimes referred to as ‘The Spam King’, who has made a fortune spamming in spite of being caught several times and fined hundreds of million of dollars for breaches of the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act. He’s a bona fide pioneer in the spam industry with a career that reportedly dates back to the early 1990s.


Now, he’s been banned from Facebook. Not just a Facebook ban, though. The popular social networking site took Wallace to court this week and got an injunction against him and two other spammers who had been salting Facebook comment ‘Walls’ with links to nasty Web sites which, among other illegal things, sought to steal visitors’ Facebook login IDs and passwords.

The temporary restraining order against Wallace, Adam Arzoomanian and Scott Shaw, bars them from accessing Facebook’s network.

In an interesting illustration of how specialized and professional spammers have become, Wallace the the others were found to have been redirecting Facebook users with their tactics, but the Web sites to which users were sent were run by others — who were paying the spammers to generate traffic for their cyber crime operations.

Spammers, phishers and other classes of cyber crooks have been focusing with increasing intent on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking communities over the past year. As we reported earlier this week, Facebook, particularly, has been hit recently by a succession of rogue applications designed to steal users personal information.

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