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PRESTON, England - A British man was sentenced to four years in jail Tuesday for masterminding a "phishing" fraud that stole identities and bank details from users of the eBay auction site.

Prosecutors said David Levi, 29, of Lytham, England, led a six-man gang that stole nearly 200,000 pounds ($360,000) from more than 160 people. They sent e-mails to eBay customers, pretending to be from eBay, asking for bank details.

Other gang members were sentenced to jail terms ranging from six months to two years.

"This was a coordinated and sophisticated fraud which took place over a 12-month period which required a determined and calculated approach," said Judge Phillip Sycamore, presiding in Preston Crown Court.

"A large number of people lost a significant amount of money, and it is quite apparent that the use of a fraudulent eBay site was quite sophisticated," Sycamore said.

In phishing schemes, fraudsters typically bait victims with e-mails purportedly from legitimate online businesses. The e-mails direct recipients to bogus Web sites, where they are asked to re-input information such as credit card numbers and passwords.

Levi, who was already serving a sentence for drug offenses, was sentenced to three years for fraud and one year for perverting the course of justice, to be served consecutively. His brother Guy Levi, 22, was jailed for 21 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Daniel Lett, 22, was sentenced to two years for conspiracy to defraud.

Derek Anderson, 59, Chris Worden, 23, Craig Jameson, 31, and Gareth Rice, 22, were each jailed for six months on money laundering charges.

my take. the little ****** should been in jail to begin with. (was already serving a sentence for drug offenses) dont they put those criminals in jail over there or just house arrest? only 3 years for being the master mind behind this crap. and only 6 months for the lower guys. oh what the heck is this one? (one year for perverting the course of justice)

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Just because sentance lengths are revealed in the UK, doesn't mean there "less" than other places. Most nations won't reveal sentance lengths. You need to think of the severity of the crime and the money involved, for most phishing scams this is pretty low money. The UK doesnt do corporate punishments or have overally large prison sentances. Prison sentance lengths are nothing compared to the things that are much more effective and should be enphasised: Education and rehabliation of/ to the offenders. Prison doesnt teach anyone much, other stuff does....

Also, if this guy was serving a sentace he would have been in prison, your evidence behind this claim?

Before making conclusions, consider the facts, find another source, do a little bit of research and you'll have much more detailed answer....

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might be a bogus... :rolleyes:

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