Romanian punished for online phishing fraud
A Michigan-based Romanian immigrant has been indicted for online fraud after he was caught running a money-spinning phishing scam that pilfered the personal information and financial records of thousands of people—7,000 overall, and nearly 100 from Minnesota alone.
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According to the judge, for the sake of protecting the public from felons like him, Popa must be made an example to deter people from committing similar violations in the future. Cyber crimes are also crimes punishable by law, no exceptions.
His rather inexpensive operation initially made use of two e-mail accounts in order to phish or covertly steal financial and personal information from his targets, which includes Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, addresses, names, and the like.
Surfers who have gotten his e-mails and gone into his websites were afterwards swindled into giving away their private records and data via forms and questionnaires.
A raid into the perpetrator's residence allowed FBI to recover partially created false credit cards and drivers' licenses, black plastic cards, foil ribbons used to make holographs for IDs and credit cards, and a machine used for printing graphics on blank white cards.