Man Quits Job; Now Makes Millions Fighting Spam

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • plznote
    My hero!
  • dogman_1234

    And BTW, please +1 me.
  • kingnoobe
    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.
  • duk3
    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
  • shovenose
    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
  • karma831
    Adblock Plus
  • longshotthe1st
    karma831Adblock Plus...doesn't always work.
  • JD13
    No Script add-on for FF...
  • jj463rd
    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.
  • dEAne
    huh suing people for scam he can do that?