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Nearly 100 charged in US, Egypt in ID theft scheme

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Keith Bolcar, acting Assistant Director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, speaks at a news conference announcing the arrests of dozens of people in an identity theft ring, Wednesday Oct. 7, 2009 in Los Angeles. U.S. and Egyptian authorities are arresti Keith Bolcar, acting Assistant Director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, speaks at a news conference announcing the arrests of dozens of people in an identity theft ring, Wednesday Oct. 7, 2009 in Los Angeles. U.S. and Egyptian authorities are arresti
U.S. and Egyptian authorities have charged nearly 100 people with helping an identity theft ring steal money from thousands of bank accounts.

An FBI statement says an indictment unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles charges more than 50 people in the United States with running the "phishing" scheme. Egyptian authorities have charged another 47. The FBI says it's the largest number of defendants ever charged in a cybercrime case.

The indictment claims Egyptian hackers used e-mails to direct victims to phony bank Web sites, where they were asked to provide account numbers. Authorities say the crooks then raided their bank accounts.

The FBI says 33 people were arrested Wednesday morning, mostly in Southern California and in Nevada and North Carolina.

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