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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Jail for eBay phishing fraudster

The leader of an identity fraud gang which stole almost £200,000 has been jailed for four years.

David Levi, 29, of Clifton Drive North in Lytham, Lancashire, tricked people using the internet auction site eBay into giving away their account details.

He admitted three counts of fraud and perverting the course of justice at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday.

It is thought to be the first UK conviction for the practice, which is known as phishing fraud.

More than 160 people were duped in the scam in 12 months between July 2003 and July 2004.

Good. Hard to believe however, that 160 people fell into the trap :o/


Blogger Moni said...

Build a better mouse trap, they build a better mouse. Sorry for the people who got taken. I might have fallen for something like that if you hadn't posted something about internet scams a while thanks. lol :)

11:54 PM  
Blogger McFox said...

You're welcome. :)

Come to think of it, I remember how naive I was when I first went online -- which, I think, is why I regularly highlight computer security.

8:52 AM  

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