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Sun, 2008-06-01

Donald Knox-Richards, Elius Books and spam permalink

I've just received (in contravention of Section 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003) a (google groups archive) spam e-mail from someone purporting to be "Donald Knox-Richards", mentioning books and John Thaw. The advertised web site was Elius Books, for which the whois record is:

$ whois

    Domain name:

        Elius Books (Internet) Limited

    Registrant type:
        UK Limited Company, (Company number: 6163685)

    Registrant's address:
        6A Wellgreen Road
        L25 1QP

    Relevant dates:
        Registered on: 15-May-2008
It's an unusual name, so I googled for it, and turned up this BBC news report about someone of that name being jailed for fraud relating to a book he wrote about John Thaw.

There's also a press release from the DTI, headlined JUDGE THROWS THE BOOK AT BANKRUPT PUBLISHER.

Other links: Ivorysky

Elius Books' previous spamming antics, dating back to 1999