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Man Quits Job; Now Makes Millions Fighting Spam

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Making spam work for you.

We all hate spam. At one time or another, it feels like the bane of our existence. Most of us just hit the delete button (or first tag it as junk) and the move on with our lives. Not Daniel Balsam, though, who quit his day job to take on spammers full time.

Balsam was working as a marketer eight years ago. After one too many pitches to enlarge one part of his body or another, he had enough. He quit his job and went to law school. Now he makes a living by suing companies that send him spam mail.

Now he takes spammers to court in California. It's now his full time job going after the companies behind junk mail, and by means of small settlements, Balsam has raked in well over $1 million.

"I feel like I'm doing a little bit of good cleaning up the Internet," Balsam said.

Read the full story from the AP.

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    plznote , December 28, 2010 3:49 AM
    My hero!
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    dogman_1234 , December 28, 2010 3:59 AM
    SEND HIM OVER HERE TO TOM'S.

    And BTW, please +1 me.
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  • 23 Hide
    plznote , December 28, 2010 3:49 AM
    My hero!
  • 15 Hide
    dogman_1234 , December 28, 2010 3:59 AM
    SEND HIM OVER HERE TO TOM'S.

    And BTW, please +1 me.
  • 5 Hide
    kingnoobe , December 28, 2010 4:05 AM
    I would've +1 because that was good, but you ruined it with the second like. And I'm tempted to minus 1..

    I hate this guy. Ok more like I'm jealous of this guy, for doing what I always to do but didn't think it would amount to much other then me losing money lol.
  • 8 Hide
    duk3 , December 28, 2010 4:10 AM
    I would +1 your post, but the system of +/- 1 is broken.
    Great job for him, beneficial to me.
    Now he just needs to sue the spammers here on TH
  • 4 Hide
    shovenose , December 28, 2010 4:16 AM
    the biggest spammers here are the ones that pay toms to redirect you when you go to page and you have to click skip ad
  • 5 Hide
    karma831 , December 28, 2010 4:19 AM
    Adblock Plus
  • 1 Hide
    longshotthe1st , December 28, 2010 4:36 AM
    karma831Adblock Plus

    ...doesn't always work.
  • 5 Hide
    JD13 , December 28, 2010 4:47 AM
    No Script add-on for FF...
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    jj463rd , December 28, 2010 7:02 AM
    I agree with duk3 however the spammers here at Toms Hardware seem to be mostly businesses in China (from domain lookups) so it could be unlikely that a lawsuit would be effective.
    Perhaps a cruise missile though.I've already seen this story several days ago.
  • 0 Hide
    dEAne , December 28, 2010 8:12 AM
    huh suing people for scam he can do that?
  • 3 Hide
    virtualban , December 28, 2010 8:18 AM
    plznoteMy hero!


    Hope this article inspires other people in joining... 1000000 is a good inspiration too

    :) 
  • 1 Hide
    jgv115 , December 28, 2010 9:21 AM
    ^^^^

    OH THE IRONY
  • 2 Hide
    jj463rd , December 28, 2010 10:03 AM
    jgv115^^^^OH THE IRONY

    Funny that the Spam above your post was quickly removed too.
    These Spammers don't even speak English or read the forums.
    I'm guessing that each one is paid for copying and posting a beforehand translated and replicated Spam post.
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    bhaberle , December 28, 2010 10:46 AM
    karma831Adblock Plus


    Does not remove spam comments.
  • 3 Hide
    tomasf , December 28, 2010 11:14 AM
    figth spam and make a living of it sounds great
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    nebun , December 28, 2010 11:26 AM
    now it's time to sue all those 800 number services that call, pester me about their products, and ask for donations.
  • 3 Hide
    chickenhoagie , December 28, 2010 11:35 AM
    and sue that damn indian lady telemarketer that calls my cell phone once a month with a bunch of cheering in the background..

    this guy is my idol.

    I can be sidekick pwease sir?
  • 0 Hide
    Ciuy , December 28, 2010 11:46 AM
    Dr. Spam :) )
  • 7 Hide
    annymmo , December 28, 2010 12:40 PM
    +1

    Finally a lawyer suing bad people
  • 3 Hide
    gti88 , December 28, 2010 12:43 PM
    The person who will destroy spam will get Nobel Peace Prise.
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