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June 29, 2012

Digital Economy Act: first phishing attempt

Phishing email after Digital Economy Act consultation, via Becky Hogge.

From: Digital Econnomy Act <no_reply@.legislation.gov.uk>
Date: 29 June 2012 16:03
Subject: Penalties for breach of the law.

From: Digital Economy Act <no_reply@.legislation.gov.uk>
Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
Time: 4:55:09 pm
Reference number: 84Z43001-B

Mrs,Mr

Attention, your Internet access has been used to commit illicit acts, notified by a penal infraction. Indeed,  your Internet access was used to make available, reproduce or access copyrighted and protected materials. This allow illegal consultation and reproduction of the materials without the authorization of their respective owners.
Such acts and reproduction are commonly called "pirating" and constitute a legal infringement which is punish by law.
Such usage of your Internet connection might have happened without your permission, or without your known.
However your are legally responsible for the usage made of your Internet connection.
It is your responsibility to supervise your installation and to make sure that it is not accessible by third party.

What we do reproach you?
We reproach to have failed to supervise your Internet access and to have made it possible for third party to commit
copyright infringements.

In order to solve this issue, it is demanded to you to proceed to the payment of a fine to avoid further legal pursuits.
To proceed please:

1. Obtain a UKCASH code of £50: http://www.ukash.com/uk/en/where-to-get.aspx
2. Forward it to the below email address with your reference number: dea@[snip]

If no answers are received within the next 5 days followed by the delivery of this email, the case would be transferred and
judged by the high court of London.

Annex:
article 264A of DEA (digital economy act)
When carrying out a review under section 264 for a period, OFCOM must also carry out a review of the extent to which material included in media services during that period (taken together over the period as a whole) contributed towards the fulfilment of the public service objectives.

More information available on http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/24/pdfs/ukpga_20100024_en.pdf