Washington's Attorney General's office filed a federal lawsuit against Orlando-based Dinav Holdings, which sent more than 50,000 unsolicited text messages to Seattle residents last May. Washington is the first state to take so-called text-spammers to court.

The state describes Dinav Holdings as a “middle-man,” hired by a loan company to drum up business by sending text messages offering “up to $1,500 in quick cash."

The lawsuit accuses Dinav Holding of violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and two state consumer protection laws, the Washington State Commercial Electronic Mail Act and the Washington State Consumer Protection Act.  

More than 50,000 texts were sent to people in the 206 area code during two days in May, according to state officials. Sending unsolicited text messages violates both state and federal law, and is subject to a $500 fine for each one sent, according to Assistant Attorney General Paula Selis.

 

Phone numbers listed for Dinav Holdings were disconnected this week. The Web site listed in the text messages sent last May is no longer valid.

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