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 April 19, 2005
State rep. introduces bill to reduce "phishing" scams
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. A state lawmaker has introduced legislation to reduce the so-called "phishing" e-mails that bombard people's inboxes.

Phishing is the term used to describe e-mails that seem to come from legitimate sources and include instructions such as "protect your account" or "confirm your bank records." The e-mail typically leads users to a Web site that asks the user to "verify" their account information by entering a credit card number, for example.

Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy's bill would allow victims to recover up to 500 dollars in damages for each violation. The bill goes to the House Corporations Committee, which Kennedy chairs, for a hearing next week.
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