Conman Nets £1.5 million with eMail Scam

The Times reports how a 'ruthless computer conman netted £1.5m with e-mail scam'

Peter Francis-Macrae, 23, spent a fortune on designer clothes and learning to fly helicopters after allegedly tricking thousands of innocent victims in e-mail and website frauds run from the bedroom of his father’s terraced house.

Macrae sent unsolicited “spam” e-mails to thousands of people around the world offering to register them for new “.eu” European domain names. The money rolled in at the rate of £200,000 a fortnight, people thinking that he was a genuine registrar, the court was told.