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Three Admit AOL Phishing-Scam Guilt

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that six men have been charged with fraud for participating in a phishing scam that used email and phony online greeting cards to steal credit card numbers and other information from AOL users.

Three of the men admitted to sending fake greeting cards claiming to be from Hallmark.com or BlueMountain.com to AOL users; they claimed that due to a central server meltdown credit card information was lost and had to be re-entered, writes Direct Magazine (via MediaBuyerPlanner). The scam supposedly took place throughout two years, beginning in 2004.

Three of the men have pleaded guilty and could receive two-and-a-half to nine years in prison. The other three are still awaiting arraignment.

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