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7/6/2004 USA PATRIOT Act Monitor News Release: Phishing Hits OCC
Last month, the Monitor described the growth trend of phishing websites which replicate the form of business websites and request information from those visiting the sites. The information is used for identity theft. On July 6, 2004, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced (Alert 2004-12) that, purporting to be an OCC website, was being used to acquire confidential information from visitors. By the time the Monitor attempted to visit the site, it had been removed from the server system, but other sites of this description will undoubtedly join the unfortunately popular trend.

See "Phishing Schemes Nearly Doubling Every Month", USA PATRIOT Act Monitor, June 2004, p. 4.

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