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California phisher faces century in jail for targeting AOL users


A California man has been convicted of violating the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 for mass-emailing AOL users and requesting credit card information.

Jeffrey B. Goodin, 45, of Azusa, Calif. faces more than 100 years in jail for perpetrating a phishing scheme that targeted users of the giant internet service provider, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Goodin urged AOL members to update their personal information on a fraudulent website, threatening them with loss of service, according to a DOJ statement.

Once redirected to the fake site, users were asked to provide names, addresses, AOL account information, and credit or debit card data.

Consumers lost about $1 million to the scheme, according to press reports.

Goodin is scheduled to be sentenced June 11 in a Los Angeles court, according to reports.

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