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From the Associated Press: Feds Net 38 In Global Phishing Busts

(AP) Thirty-eight people were charged Monday with stealing names, Social Security numbers, credit card data and other personal information from unsuspecting Internet users as part of a global crime ring.

The Romanian-based phishing scams sought to rip off thousands of consumers and hundreds of financial institutions, according to indictments unsealed in Los Angeles and New Haven, Conn.

The two related cases marked the latest example of what the Justice Department describes as a growing worldwide threat posed by organized crime.

They should be filleted, dipped in corn meal batter, and deep fried – hush puppies, cole slaw, and french fries optional.


1 Steve Bates { 05.20.08 at 12:23 am }

If they really have the goods on them… nail those suckers to the wall. No mercy.

(Good thing it wasn’t a state-level crime in Texas: AG Greg Abbott only has time to prosecute elderly Democratic voter registration activists who neglect to sign the voter reg envelopes they mail in for still older citizens. Sorry; he has no time to prosecute Republicans or other kinds of serious criminals.)

2 Kryten42 { 05.20.08 at 12:46 am }

Ehhh… just hang them by the feet in a smoke house. And when they are done, feed them to the ‘gaters, or turn them into dog food. May as well get some use out of them. LOL

Ooh my! Ain’t we all nasty! 😉 😀 It’s what they deserve IMHO. And most Gov Bureaucrats too (I have met a few who were actually useful, or believe it or not, helpful!) 😉

3 Bryan { 05.20.08 at 12:49 am }

If they had enough to extradite one of the people involved, they must have a case. It would be nice if the DoJ got an occasional conviction for a crime.

[Isn’t it amazing that Rush Limbaugh is still unindicted, and Coulter wasn’t even formally charged, but Democratic precinct workers get arrested for helping the elderly. The same thing happened in Florida when our current governor was AG.]

4 Bryan { 05.20.08 at 12:59 am }

I would love to receive my billing rate for the time I’ve spent clearing my e-mail of their crap. I could afford to retire.

I think the former Eastern Bloc have discovered the joys of the income tax, and are ready to deal with some of the people who have been pulling this garbage because they haven’t been paying taxes on the money they’ve been making.

5 Kryten42 { 05.20.08 at 5:48 am }

Hey Bryan. I was watching the news tonight and they were reporting a big phone scam originating in Florida. Can you send some friends around and feed them to the ‘gaters, or those giant Pythons, please? 🙂 Or do you have any friends in SAC that could do you a favor ? 😉

Info here if anyone is interested (they seem to only target other countries because they have no jurisdiction to legally stop them). These people are the worst kind of scum.

Avoiding phone scams

The scammers pick a region, like they have done in his area, and ring every household.

“It is computed generated,” Pat said.

“They get into an area’s exchange, then call numbers randomly. They want to put your name and details on a marketing register.”

The Consumers Telecommunications Network’s Teresa Corbin says the Florida-based setup targets Australians usually late at night, when we are tired and vulnerable.

Michael Jenkin from Adelaide works for a company with around 100 staff. Virtually every one of them has been hit by a similar scam, starting with a call on their mobile phones.

Before you have a chance to answer, it ends. When you call back, a recording directs callers to phone a 190 number at a cost of around $3 a minute.

You’re told the prize will be worth at least $40 and there’s the promise of a Caribbean holiday if you stay on the line. Both are lies. Meanwhile, your phone bill is clocking up around $3 a minute.

Anyone got a spare nuke? Bastards.

6 Bryan { 05.20.08 at 4:29 pm }

The big scam in the US was the 809 area code. 800 numbers are toll free, but 809 once covered all of the Caribbean islands, and phone charges were for overseas calls at considerably more that $3/minute.

More of the joys of globalization.