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Bottom Phishing

For almost two years, Zachary Keith Hill collected dozens of credit card and bank account numbers, which he milked for more than $47,000. After a joint investigation by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, Hill agreed this spring to plead guilty to the phishing scam in which he sent e-mails to AOL customers purporting to be from an "AOL Billing Specialist." The messages directed customers to a realistic Web site where unwary visitors were asked for credit card, bank account, and password information. Hill is now awaiting sentencing, which could include as much as 15 years of jail time.

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