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Man from LA Gets Federal Sentence to Jail over Phishing

On June 27, 2011, prosecutors sentenced a man in Los Angeles to a two-year federal imprisonment because he cultivated marijuana inside his house in Baldwin Hills. Said the prosecutors, the punishment would be carried out consecutively right after eleven years of another sentence related to a case of bank fraud, he was involved in. Independent published this on June 27, 2011.

Reportedly, the man got incarceration from Valerie Baker Fairbank a US District Judge within the second case following his admission to committing 49 instances of wire and bank fraud, computer fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy to committing money-laundering, the Office of U.S. Attorney stated.

Judge Fairbank, during the hearing, stated that Lucas led a global "phishing" scheme's domestic division, which utilized spam mails along with fraudulent websites for garnering private information of bank accountholders so they could be conned.

The process involved sending formal appearing e-mails to victims which directed them for feeding in information by accessing fake websites thus enabling the criminals to gain admission into bank accounts followed with theft of funds. Federal authorities stated that the overall monetary loss for the victims counted to over $1m.

In all 100 people were accused of dispatching unsolicited e-mails, which pretended to be genuine bank requests to consumers for providing their private details on fraudulent, phishing sites. Apparently, the scam involved the perpetrators dispatching several million phishing messages with the help of automated software, authorities stated.

Said Fairbank, Lucas deliberately and still now participated in the phishing operation, with his actions demonstrating a high indifference to the community and law. Independent published this.

Said federal authorities, the hackers grabbed personal information, particularly bank details from victims situated across North Carolina, Nevada, California, Egypt and Maryland.

Furthermore, according to the Department of Justice, Lucas was the main accused within a case wherein the Los Angeles federal court convicted 47 other individuals. As part of the scam, Wells Fargo and Bank of America accountholders were sent e-mails which looked like formal correspondence. But, those e-mails directed the victims onto bogus bank sites, which solicited passwords, account numbers as well as other confidential details.

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