First foreign phishing sentence

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A Romanian man on Monday became the first foreign citizen ever to be sentenced to U.S. federal prison for involvement in a phishing scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut said. Authorities believe six people were involved in the operation, but only Ovidiu-Ionut Nicola-Roman, 23, who received 50 months, has been caught. The group is responsible for delivering bogus emails to people – claiming to come from companies such as Citibank and PayPal – and trying to trick users into giving up personal data. Nicola-Roman was arrested in 2007 in Bulgaria on an Interpol warrant. — DK
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