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Cox Ends ‘Phishing’ Trip

1/12/2005 4:41 AM Eastern

Cox Communications Inc. officials said they acted swiftly this week to filter out bogus e-mails targeting its digital customers and "phishing" for consumers' personal financial information.

This is the second time Cox customers have been targeted by senders of official-looking e-mails trying to get them to give up information that will allow thieves to raid their finances.

Spokesman David Grabert said the company's Internet-abuse and security team spotted the traffic Monday and began blocking it. The MSO also placed warnings on its regional Web pages advising consumers that the company does not ask for information in this way.

The official-looking e-mails said Cox needed to do a credit check in order to comply with anti-terrorism and anti-money-laundering laws.

Grabert said Cox has notified the foreign Internet-service providers hosting the e-mail-distribution site of these illegal messages, and most of them reacted by shutting down the address.

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