January 18, 2007

AOL Phisher Faces 101 Years in Prison

Jeffrey Goodin, a 45-year-old man from Azusa, California, has been found guilty under the CAN-SPAM Act of sending phishing emails to AOL subscribers asking for their confidential information, and now faces a maximum sentence of 101 years in a federal prison for his crimes.

Goodin used several different compromised Earthlink email accounts to send thousands of unsolicited emails posing as AOL's billing department, and directed recipients to bogus payment websites. He was also convicted on a number of other counts including wire fraud, possession of unauthorized credit cards, misuse of the AOL trademark, and attempted witness harassment.

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