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Monday, September 22, 2003

Email bandit makes mistake

So this lady decides whe is going to "phish" for suckers on AOL by creating a web page that accepts credit card information and then sending notices to AOL users saying "we could not charge your credit card in our last billing cycle - please update your information here...."

It's a typical kind of thing whose success makes P. T. Barnum look like an underestimator for the ages. Phishing is, as scams go, a fairly decent one.

So how did this lady wind up in handcuffs?

One of her addressees was an FBI agent specializing in computer fraud.

I almost feel sorry for her.

The Register

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