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    Organized crime? There's an iPhone for that.

    Several months ago, we first began reporting about the increasing prevalence of mobile technology in the world of organized crime - like the Italian customs agents who made international headlines earlier this year for breaking up a phony iPhone ring. Now, a similar iPhone has been busted. But this one actually involved real iPhones.

    Authorities in London have taken into custody nearly a dozen individuals allegedly involved in a conspiracy that netted thousands of "hot" - or stolen - iPhones and an ungodly number of iPhone chargers. According to London's Telegraph, a flurry of raids transpired on Wednesday, each scoring innumerable iPhones, SIM cards, fraudulent passports and more concrete evidence to suggest the existence of a massive, global criminal iPhone ring. The nine suspects taken into custody so far all ranged in age from 18 42.

    Prior to the raids, a month-long investigation had taken place that ultimately helped to identify some of the key players in the ring. "Police were called in after mobile phone company 02 watched the scam spiral out of control," the Telegraph notes, "with 1.2 million stolen through premium phone lines in July alone." Many of the stolen handsets were sold to criminals overseas for top dollar. Those involved with the ring managed to activate thousands of iPhones using fake or stolen credit cards and identities.

    "Our investigation found a crime gathering momentum," said Detective Superintendent Bob Wishart of City of London Police. "Each month more Sim cards were being used to make more phone calls to premium rate lines at more expense to the network provider. The criminal exploitation of the latest consumer technology is a recurring theme of our work."

    The London Daily Telegraph
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Another iPhone Crime Ring Busted started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I would buy a stolen iphone if the price was right... I mean you could always say I bought it from some dude on Craigslist.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Which is worse? Downloading music or films illegally or buying a potentially stolen iPhone 4, both are crimes, the former of which we have probably all done
      Believe it or not they are the same. Difference is the likely of a person who lost $10 on a song is less likely to press charges than a person who lost $600+ phone.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      This is not cool
      Goin off topic.. does any1 know when the white one is coming out?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Believe it or not they are the same. Difference is the likely of a person who lost $10 on a song is less likely to press charges than a person who lost $600+ phone.
      Actually, if it is a single phone, it is not considered a felony where as pirating any copy-written work is. Pretty sad, really.
    1. IronCross1788's Avatar
      IronCross1788 -
      ha.. yea, i did it with tmobile phones. it was 50 dollars less than a federal matter, so i got really lucky.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      Quote Originally Posted by IronCross1788 View Post
      ha.. yea, i did it with tmobile phones. it was 50 dollars less than a federal matter, so i got really lucky.
      Really, tell us more about your godfather enterprise (lol?)
    1. IronCross1788's Avatar
      IronCross1788 -
      ha. hey if you dont believe me its all good, people lie on the internet all the time. but i dont know any of you and i dont need to impress any of you. I was just putting my input on a matter im familiar with
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      well most likely these stolen iphones would of made its way to craiglist and ebay. by the time the conusmer purchased them.. they would have no idea it was a stolen phone in the first place.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      organized crime....i say /yes/
    1. sLevin1fo's Avatar
      sLevin1fo -
      Those poor iphones. They must have been through so much. Being sold and passed around like a peace of meat. The chargers! Oh don't get me started. Wait, I hope they didn't hear that. Iphones and Chargers, if your reading this, you will find a safe home one day. I promise. Hahahaha. Just thought the title of this story needed a bit more sarcasm.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      This is so sad, but so true. Do you really think that this does not happen DAILY?
      I don't know if any of you remember, but two months BEFORE the EURO was oficially introduced, four truck loads of the euro coins were stolen. inside jobs are ugly but efficient. iphones are just the tip of the iceberg, but they have been caught. The good guys got one small catch, and i am glad about it!
    1. julioa350's Avatar
      julioa350 -
      They'll be out in about 6 months, this is England guys.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      Anybody need a charger? ;-]
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      You are so wrong that it is almost right again!
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      wow insane