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House Approves Penalties for False Web Records
23 Sep 2004
Modified: 05:02:47 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would increase jail time for identity thieves and other fraudulent Web users who register sites under false identities.
The bill, which passed by voice vote, would not directly outlaw the use of fraudulent registration information.

Rather, it would increase by up to seven years the prison terms of those convicted of felonies.

It must be approved by the Senate before it becomes law.

Online investigators frequently find that suspects have filled out Web-site registration records with clearly fraudulent information -- providing "555-555-5555" as a phone number or "Small Wok Way, Chopstick Town, WI" as a street address.

As many as 10 percent of the Internet's 30 million domain names may be registered under false identities, according to a study released last year.

"The government must play a greater role in detecting those who conceal their identities online," said Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, a sponsor of the bill.

The bill also establishes fines and jail time for those who use legitimate-looking labels to trick consumers into buying illegally copied music, software and other copyrighted materials.

As an example of this rampant fraud an example was given by the sponsors of this bill.

The address is real and is used as a mail drop but the Administrative Contact, Billing Contact and the Technical Contact are a fake name.

Domain Name: ESTEBANSYSTEMS.BIZ
Domain ID: D6225967-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID: 267B75841013683E
Registrant Name: Esteban De Voy
Registrant Organization: Esteban Systems
Registrant Address1: 71 Whiting Ave.
Registrant City: Dedham
Registrant State/Province: MA
Registrant Postal Code: 02026
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Country Code: US
Registrant Email: estebandevoy (at) aol.com


Registrant:
Esteban Systems

Address:
71 Whiting Ave.
Dedham, MA 02026
United States

First Registered:
,

Last Updated:
,

Administrative Contact:
Esteban De Voy (267B75841013683E) estebandevoy (at) aol.com
Esteban Systems
71 Whiting Ave.
Dedham, MA
United States
Dedham, MA
US

Billing Contact:
Esteban De Voy (267B75841013683E) estebandevoy (at) aol.com
Esteban Systems
71 Whiting Ave.
Dedham, MA
United States
Dedham, MA
US

Technical Contact:
Esteban De Voy (267B75841013683E) estebandevoy (at) aol.com
Esteban Systems
71 Whiting Ave.
Dedham, MA
United States
Dedham, MA
US

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