Ecard Phisher Sentenced To 4 Years Of Probation
Lucky day for one unlucky phisher/scammer: Thomas Taylor was sentenced to only four years of probation for his part on the fake eCards scheme.
March 24, 2009
The verdict follows Taylor's guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with access devices and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Taylor and others had been helping Michael Dolan to harvest AOL email addresses, which were later spammed with bogus electronic greeting cards. The user would get infected with a Trojan as soon as he opened the fake ecard.
Later on, the Trojan would prevent the subscriber from accessing AOL without entering information including the subscriber’s name, address, Social Security account number, credit card number, bank account number, and personal identification number. The defendants used the information to produce counterfeit debit cards, which they used at ATM machines, online, and at retail outlets to obtain money.
The scheme ran between 2002 and 2006. Michael Dolan, the top scammer, was sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment back in August 2008.