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EarthLink says it stops ID-theft scam

Internet provider EarthLink Inc. said Friday it had blocked an apparent identity-theft scam that sought to collect credit-card and bank-account numbers from its customers. Many EarthLink subscribers recently received an email message urging them to resubmit their personal information or face termination of their accounts, due to a “recent system flush.” Users who click on a link found themselves at a Web site, www.el-network.net, that asked them for their name, address, credit-card and bank-account numbers, as well as personal information such as mother’s maiden name and birth date. The site featured EarthLink’s logo and and links to EarthLink customer pages. An EarthLink spokesman said the site had been blocked Friday morning and the company was investigating the situation. Users who submitted information received a message that said the account had been terminated. Full Story

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