Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 10, 2006
Senator Glenn Coffee
Senate Approves Anti-Phishing Bill
The State Senate
has given unanimous approval to a bill targeting Internet
''phishing." House bill 2473, by Sen. Glenn
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Fred Perry, R-Tulsa,
would outlaw the increasingly common scam in Oklahoma.
"When we say we're against phishing, we're not
talking about the fishing you do at the lake,"
explained Coffee. "Phishing is a scam used by identity
thieves to lure Internet users into providing financial
and personal information."
The most common form of phishing involves the sending
of an email that looks as though it was sent from a
legitimate source, such as E-bay, Citibank, or other
"People get these messages that say something to
the effect that someone may have been using their account
without authorization or that they need to update their
files," Coffee explained. "Those who respond
to what they believe is a legitimate inquiry are then
asked to provide key information such as account numbers
and social security numbers. That information is then
used by the phisher to commit identity theft. HB 2473
would make it illegal to send such fraudulent messages
in the first place."
The next stop for HB 2473 will be the Governor's desk.
more information contact:
Senator Justice's Office - (405) 521-5537