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Shadowy B.C. spam ring faces Earthlink lawsuit

by Michael McCullough

A shadowy ring of Vancouver-area spammers has been duping Internet users into giving them their credit card numbers and other personal information, a major American Internet service provider claims.

Atlanta-based Earthlink, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court this week against unnamed and unknown participants in separate spam rings believed to operate in B.C. and Alabama.

The complaint describes the spammers as criminal organizations functioning furtively behind a veil of temporary Web sites, bogus e-mail messages and Internet accounts bought with stolen credit card numbers.

About 25 individuals accessed Earthlink accounts from Vancouver-area telephone numbers for the purpose of “phishing” — sending e-mail messages impersonating the recipient’s own service provider to request the user’s credit card number or other personal information, the suit alleges.

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