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Wash. sues Fla. company over text message spam

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm •  Published: December 10, 2012
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Dinav Holding could face steep penalties. Violation of the federal act and one of the state laws comes with damages of $500 per violation if the company is found at fault, officials said.

"Consumers pay for text messaging in order to stay in touch with family, friends and business contacts — not to receive spam that's as illegal as it is annoying," McKenna said in a statement. "Today's lawsuit is a reminder to spammers that there are consequences for breaking the law."

Selis said many people have pay-per-text plans or limited number of texts to use, which can make unsolicited text messaging costly for subscribers who go over their limits.

"Spammers, known for invading computers, now recognize that most of us now carry powerful computers — mobile phones — and they are determined to invade those as well," Selis said.

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Manuel Valdes can be reached at http://twitter.com/ByManuelValdes .