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Reward system may not help catch spammers

Study finds even high-dollar rewards may not lure those with information

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The Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcers face three hurdles in having a reward system for anti-spam investigations, according to a new FTC report. The report outlines the following challenges in having a system that rewards members of the public for tracking down spammers: identifying and locating the spammer, developing sufficient evidence to prove the spammer is legally responsible for sending the spam and obtaining a monetary reward. If a reward system could be designed so that it would generate information that helps clears those hurdles, it might improve the effectiveness of enforcing The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2002, or CAN-SPAM, according to the report. The act became effective Jan. 1, and required the FTC to conduct a study and provide a report to Congress on a CAN-SPAM "bounty system." The report states that persons most likely to identify a spammer and provide evidence – "high-value" information – ...