Thursday, February 12, 2004

Dept. of Old-Emailers-Inc.

Granny a hardcore spammer

"An Ohio woman whose credit card fraud schemes began to unravel when she unwittingly spammed an off-duty FBI computer crime agent pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday, and potentially faces years in prison." the
SecurityFocus writes. What to say: bad luck.

The 55 year old Helen Carr was a email-scammer and how many people she had plished noone knows but probably several. In a big hunt for a lot of scammers the FBI later had her co-plishers to snitch her as a ringleader of the scam-gang.

"The so-called "phishing" scams have developed as a popular technique for fraudsters to swindle people out of everything from PayPal accounts to ATM codes. In recent months the already-generous flow of fraudulent e-mails purporting to be from PayPal, eBay and Citibank were joined by a fresh influx of junk mail bearing the false imprimaturs of stalwart British institutions like Halifax, NatWest, Barclays, and Lloyds TSB. Last month a particularly bold variant on the scheme directed netizens to a fake FBI anti-fraud website that prompted them for their debit or credit card numbers and PINs." No wonder why the feds got sour and hunted them down.

And the last question leaving me when reading this is: what happened to the grandmas who made buns and always had a glass of milk?

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