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1     AN ACT concerning the Internet.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5 Anti-Phishing Act.
6     Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
7     "Electronic mail message" means a message sent to a unique
8 destination, commonly expressed as a string of characters,
9 consisting of a unique user name or mailbox (commonly referred
10 to as the "local part") and a reference to an Internet domain
11 (commonly referred to as the "domain part"), whether or not
12 displayed, to which an electronic message can be sent or
13 delivered.
14     "Identifying information" means, with respect to an
15 individual, any of the following:
16         (1) Social security number.
17         (2) Driver's license number.
18         (3) Bank account number.
19         (4) Credit card or debit card number.
20         (5) Personal identification number (PIN).
21         (6) Automated or electronic signature.
22         (7) Unique biometric data.
23         (8) Account password.



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1         (9) Any other piece of information that can be used to
2     access an individual's financial accounts or to obtain
3     goods or services.
4     "Internet" means the global information system that is
5 logically linked together by a globally unique address space
6 based on the Internet Protocol (IP), or its subsequent
7 extensions, and that is able to support communications using
8 the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
9 suite, or its subsequent extensions, or other IP-compatible
10 protocols, and that provides, uses, or makes accessible, either
11 publicly or privately, high level services layered on the
12 communications and related infrastructure.
13     "Web page" means a location that has a single uniform
14 resource locator or other single location with respect to the
15 Internet.
16     Section 10. Prohibitions. It is unlawful for any person, by
17 means of a Web page, electronic mail message, or otherwise
18 through use of the Internet, to solicit, request, or take any
19 action to induce another person to provide identifying
20 information by representing himself, herself, or itself to be a
21 business without the authority or approval of the business.
22     Section 15. Actions.
23     (a) The following persons may bring an action against a
24 person who violates or is in violation of Section 10:



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1         (1) A person who (A) is engaged in the business of
2     providing Internet access service to the public, owns a Web
3     page, or owns a trademark, and (B) is adversely affected by
4     a violation of Section 10.
5         An action brought under this paragraph may seek to
6     recover the greater of actual damages or $500,000.
7         (2) An individual who is adversely affected by a
8     violation of Section 10 may bring an action, but only
9     against a person who has directly violated Section 10.
10         An action brought under this paragraph may seek to
11     enjoin further violations of Section 10 and to recover the
12     greater of 3 times the amount of actual damages or $5,000
13     per violation.
14     (b) The Attorney General or a State's Attorney may bring an
15 action against a person who violates or is in violation of
16 Section 10 to enjoin further violations of Section 10 and to
17 recover a civil penalty of up to $2,500 per violation.
18     (c) In an action pursuant to this Section, a court may, in
19 addition, do either or both of the following:
20         (1) Increase the recoverable damages to an amount up to
21     3 times the damages otherwise recoverable under subsection
22     (a) in cases in which the defendant has engaged in a
23     pattern and practice of violating Section 10.
24         (2) Award costs of suit and reasonable attorney's fees
25     to a prevailing plaintiff.
26     (d) The remedies provided in this Section do not preclude



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1 the seeking of remedies, including criminal remedies, under any
2 other applicable provision of law.
3     (e) For purposes of paragraph (1) of subsection (a),
4 multiple violations of Section 10 resulting from any single
5 action or conduct shall constitute one violation.