Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ventura County scam: Ventura County residents receive phony receipts by email that appear to be from county - latimes.com

Ventura County scam: Ventura County residents receive phony receipts by email that appear to be from county - latimes.com

The emails, traced to the Philippines, were sent to about 35,000 residents who paid property taxes or court fees by credit card. Authorities warn residents to be aware that other emails may arrive seeking personal financial information.

A hacker broke into Ventura County's computer system and emailed bogus county receipts to about 35,000 residents who used credit cards to pay their property taxes or court fees over the last several years, officials said Tuesday.

Ventura County residents started receiving the emails last weekend. They looked like receipts for payments dating back to 2007.

On Saturday night, computer experts found and fixed the flaw that made the system vulnerable,

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