"I am not a spammer, and it's very rare when I do a campaign outside my sphere of influence (local Realtors)," Manuri said. "Again, I'm simply attempting to make a sale."
Spam Arrest told me Monday they've now closed Manuri's account due to another complaint.
Neither McCauley nor Manuri are big-time spammers compared to the likes of Robert Soloway, one of several so-called "spam kings" who was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison for sending millions of e-mails.
However, both gentlemen are harvesting e-mails from Web sites, which is prohibited and could garner them a fine, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines on CAN-SPAM or the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act.
It's clear that CAN-SPAM is not taken seriously by a lot of people who view sending spam as just a slight breach of a law that's lightly enforced.
But maybe unsolicited e-mail senders can learn another lesson: If you're breaking the law, at least try to avoid spamming technology reporters who might want to ask you a question or two.