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  • Another iPhone Crime Ring Busted



    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. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      this is crazy
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Yeah not cool. (N)
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      crazy? no
      This happens to famous purses, watches, etc
      Anything that is fashionable item gets dipped in criminal activities, they normally gets overlooked but since this is easily trackable (phone id & GPS) it is easy to bust them.
    1. awesomeo4000's Avatar
      awesomeo4000 -
      Far out

      I wonder how many chargers they had?
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Glad to see they busted them and investigators are adapting with the technology. one for the good guys.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post
      The none suspects taken into custody so far all ranged in age from 18 42.
      Makes no sense...
    1. convlkt's Avatar
      convlkt -
      i think they meant the 9 suspects, not none
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      I may be missing the point here, but I would buy a stolen iPhone 4 if it was cheap enough
    1. Michael Essany's Avatar
      Michael Essany -
      Meant nine... Thanks for the catch!
    1. Markanthony3211's Avatar
      Markanthony3211 -
      How did they get all of these iPhone 4s?! It's barely even available overseas!
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      That response makes no sense, why does it matter where I'm from?
    1. nave3d's Avatar
      nave3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      I may be missing the point here, but I would buy a stolen iPhone 4 if it was cheap enough
      So would I. But I can only dream
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeo4000 View Post
      Far out

      I wonder how many chargers they had?
      Over 9000?
    1. IronCross1788's Avatar
      IronCross1788 -
      I did this with t-mobile acouple years ago. I got charged with identity theft. But it was the best fall season of my life.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      So. Guess that shipment I ordered isn't going to make it
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Dont make it another hype for iPhone. Apple has already done that a lot. Its just a crime in which iPhone were purchased so that they can be sold and their sim cards were used for fraud purposes. The crime was not done for iPhones.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      I may be missing the point here, but I would buy a stolen iPhone 4 if it was cheap enough
      Which is a crime, receipt of stolen goods.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      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
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by IronCross1788 View Post
      I did this with t-mobile acouple years ago. I got charged with identity theft. But it was the best fall season of my life.
      The f*ck?

      Also, "nine" is not "nearly a dozen" Messany, it's nearly 10. God I hate your writing.
    1. dannyxbox's Avatar
      dannyxbox -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeo4000 View Post
      Far out

      I wonder how many chargers they had?


      Quote Originally Posted by consultant View Post
      Over 9000?
      Nah, it said "ungodly number" must have been 666 of 'em.