Online Swindlers, Called ‘Phishers,’ Lure Unwary

Free registration required to read the story. “Last year, EarthLink, the big Internet access provider, went hunting for phishers.

It started a campaign to track down people who were sending e-mail messages that pretended to be from EarthLink but were actually fraudulent attempts to steal customers’ passwords, credit card numbers and other information. What it found was that of the dozen or so people it could clearly identify as engaged in the practice known as phishing, more than half were under 18.

In its latest effort, EarthLink discovered a lot of phishing e-mail messages coming from computers in Russia, other East European countries and Asia. The e-mail messages, and the Web sites they directed people to, were becoming much more technically sophisticated.”