Court Punishes Man For Phishing
On October 18, 2006, federal prosecutors unsealed an 18-count legal accusation on John T. Brothers III, aged 31, living in Marshallton for dispatching fake e-mails. The phishing activity indicated to be from the Internet 'payment service', PayPal trying to collect personal information, which Brothers harvested to conduct credit card purchases in his victims' names.
Brothers appeared in the federal court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge.
The fake e-mail talked about an "unusual activity" in the recipient's account and that access would not be possible until the person opened the link to fix the problem. When the recipient did so, there appeared a supposedly legitimate PayPal page asking for name, Social Security number and other personal information. When the person submitted the information, it went to John T. Brothers rather than PayPal.
Prosecutors said that Brothers implemented another phishing program intended to be from 'Citizens Bank'. The e-mail requested for recipients' participation to curtail the cases of fraud on the bank's website. This was added with a threatening of account suspension if there was no action.
Brothers meet a punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 for each of the seven counts of unauthorized credit card purchases and two counts for owning at least 15 "unauthorized access devices' meaning to defraud. He meets another punishment for wire fraud comprising of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
If a PayPal receives a suspicious e-mail of this kind, he/ she should immediately log into the person's account and check for any activity before carrying on with any transaction.
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» SPAMfighter News - 23-10-2006
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