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  • Stolen Belgian iPhones Show Up in Russia?


    Two weeks ago, a shipment of from three to four thousand iPhones- valued at from €2 million to €3 million - was stolen from a warehouse in Belgium. Now, an unnamed black market dealer is selling off iPhones in Russia, raising concerns that these are indeed the snatched smartphones.

    According to the Russian website iPhones.ru, the phones - which are called "Europeans" - are being sold in lots of no less than 100 for drastically reduced prices, cash on demand. The iPhone 3GS is not available legitimately in Russia, but it's relatively easy to buy an unlocked "ayfon" from overseas on the black market. The site reports that vendors are suspicious of the deals, because it's generally believed that Interpol is on the case, and has the IMEIs on file. The phones are already disabled on Mobistar's network in Belgium, and the concern is that the phones would be disabled in Russia as well.

    The site also offers a hint for Russian "ayfon" owners who suspect they may have inadvertently bought a stolen "European:" go to Settings and tap General, then About. If the last two characters of the Model string are NF, that indicates it's a stolen Mobistar phone.

    image via textually.org
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Stolen Belgian iPhones Show Up in Russia? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. imilad's Avatar
      imilad -
      Wow!!!!
    1. xxfr0stbytexx's Avatar
      xxfr0stbytexx -
      haha wow
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      hey now i know where to get one hundred of them
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      All that for nothing . Next time just rob a bank and save yourself the trouble.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      ummm where can i get one of these lol >.< i need a backup 3G[S]!

      i love that picture though..it's funny
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'm surprised there are any left as they were being sold on the Costa Del Crime first.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      I hope these criminals never get to sell even one of those phones! That'll teach them to go do an honest day's job!!! Serves them right!!!
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      The model number of the iPhone I just bought from AT&T ends in NF. WTF?
    1. itsnolongfing's Avatar
      itsnolongfing -
      LoL such a waste of time.
    1. aemjr's Avatar
      aemjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      The model number of the iPhone I just bought from AT&T ends in NF. WTF?
      So does my legitimate Orange France iPhone.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm glad they're trying to stop these guys, I really hope they don't earn anything but jail time.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I want one.

      I hope they take PayPal. LOL
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      In Soviet Russia.....
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      How did it reach from Belgium to Russia? I think there is a big involvement of a big gang. Is not it? What is your opinion on this guys?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Like I say, I'm fairly certain they went via the Costa Del Crime so even if it wasn't a big gang that stole them it's fairly certain criminal gangs are now involved.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Agreed. Absolutely it is an organized crime operation. It would be foolish to try to cell 4000 phones in the country they were stolen from knowing they were being blocked, traced.
      Their only hope is to sell them in countries with carriers that do not care if they are stolen.
      These guys had a plan, and it looks like they are being sold.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
      All that for nothing . Next time just rob a bank and save yourself the trouble.
      he's doing the russian people a service, there not gonna do anything with those phones, and if they do the people who bought them will just sell em to someone else and keep the cycle going
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      gang land ish if i do say so myself...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Why Russia? And how did get there? Wow...
    1. csworrell's Avatar
      csworrell -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronblade View Post
      How did it reach from Belgium to Russia? I think there is a big involvement of a big gang. Is not it? What is your opinion on this guys?
      idiot eh.