$100m computer fraudster stole identities of 30,000 Americans

Bank accounts were plunderered by Nigerian gangsters who bought confidential data

A British immigrant who worked on a help-desk for a New York software firm has been jailed for 14 years for his part in the largest identity theft in American history.
Philip Cummings, 35, who now lives in Cartersville, Georgia, apologised to the court for downloading passwords and credit information and selling them for $30 (£16) each to a ring of Nigerian immigrants who used them to cheat about 30,000 people out of an estimated $50 million-$100 million. The federal district court in New York received statements from around 300 victims who had seen their bank accounts emptied and fake loans taken out by the Bronx-based gang.

Times Online


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