An American who was part of a multi-million pound ID theft scam in the UK was jailed yesterday for six years. Douglas Havard, age 24, was sentenced on Monday at Leeds Crown Court after he plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money. His partner, Lee Elwood, 25, of Glasgow, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to the same offences in June 2004.
The court heard that the duo were an important part of a very large phishing scam that netted around Â£6.5M . The pair operated in the UK sector of an international phishing operation that tricked users into handing over confidential information, such as bank PIN numbers, to fake websites.
Havard also confessed to receiving large data dumps of compromised account details from criminal associates in Russia.