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5 convicted in international bank fraud scheme

March 25, 2011 |  9:01 pm

Five people were convicted Friday in connection with an international scam to defraud American banks by using fake websites and spam emails, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

More than 40 others have already been convicted in the case.

According to authorities, Egyptian-based hackers took bank account numbers and other personal information from customers to hack into American accounts. They worked with partners in the U.S. to transfer money out of those accounts, authorities said.

Bank customers were tricked into giving up their personal information with bogus bank websites set up to appear legitimate using bank logos and legal disclaimers.

Those convicted Friday were Nichole Michelle Merzi, 25, of Oceanside; Tramond S. Davis, 21, of Las Vegas; Shontovia D. Debose, 22, of Las Vegas; Anthony Donnel Fuller, 22, of Corona; and Me Arlene Settle, 22, of Garden Grove.

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-- Robert Faturechi

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