Watchdogs join FBI to track international e-mail hijackers

The FBI and US consumer protection agencies are investigating a junk marketing operation which has hijacked the e-mail addresses...

The FBI and US consumer protection agencies are investigating a junk marketing operation which has hijacked the e-mail addresses of small US and UK firms.

Universal Advertising Systems gives its address as a post office box in Aruba.

The Montana Office of Consumer Protection confirmed this week that it is investigating the organisation following complaints that Universal Advertising Systems has sent out unsolicited e-mails, failed to deliver goods, and refused to honour refunds.

The FBI is conducting a separate investigation.

UK small businesses have complained to the police that their Demon e-mail accounts have been hijacked to send out spam e-mails, flooding their systems with thousands of undelivered messages.

The e-mails appear to be sent from Korea. Callers to the phone number given in the e-mail reach a company called Windsor Judicial Processing, in Billings Montana, which is just a forwarding address.

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