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Cybercrime: phisher caught by FBI

Date: November 08, 2006

(FBI) Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 46, of Azusa, California, was arrested by FBI agents after having been a fugitive for the past four months, announced J. Stephen Tidwell, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Goodin, who was known as “The Hacker,” was originally arrested in January 2006 on charges he operated an identity theft scheme known as “phishing.” During the scheme, Goodin allegedly sent thousands of fraudulent e-mails which appeared to be from America Online’s Billing Department to AOL subscribers, seeking their personal credit and debit card account information. The stolen information was later used by Goodin to make unauthorized purchases.
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