Pornographic E-Mails

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Anyone who's ever received an unwanted ad for porn in their e-mail will be glad to hear this. Federal regulators are going after seven companies accused of hiring others to send e-mails with pornographic messages to lure people to visit adult Web sites.

The Federal Trade Commission calls the practice "electronic flashing," and says some of those e-mail messages were sent to children.

Investigators says the seven companies -- from all around the country -- didn't send the e-mails directly, but paid others to send the unwanted messages. Under a law dubbed "Can Spam," the companies can be held liable, even though they didn't actually do the e-mailing.

The government says of four of the firms have paid over one (m) million dollars to settle the charges.

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