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Phishing swept out money

Date: May 30, 2006

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)KYOTO, May 30_(Kyodo) _ The Kyoto police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of belonging to a phishing ring who stole personal information on people who accessed a fake Yahoo Japan auctions site.

It is the first police crackdown in Japan on an organized phishing fraud case, according to the Kyoto police, which have investigated the case with the Shizuoka and Kumamoto police.

The suspect, Takayuki Matsuoka, 34, a resident of Tokyo's Itabashi Ward, is charged with fraud and violating the Unauthorized Computer Access Law. The police said they have obtained arrest warrants for seven other people in the ring.

The Tokyo-based ring is suspected of stealing the personal information of some 1,000 people since last year and to have defrauded some 700 people of about 100 million yen by using the data, the police said.

From September last year to April this year, the group sent users of the auction service unsolicited e-mails purporting to show their Yahoo auction records, the police said.
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