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11-28-2009, 03:06 PM #1
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.
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11-28-2009, 03:26 PM #2
11-28-2009, 03:31 PM #3
11-28-2009, 04:24 PM #4
hey now i know where to get one hundred of themkillall Terminal
11-28-2009, 04:45 PM #5
All that for nothing . Next time just rob a bank and save yourself the trouble.
11-28-2009, 05:31 PM #6
ummm where can i get one of these lol >.< i need a backup 3G[S]!
i love that picture though..it's funny
11-28-2009, 05:52 PM #7
I'm surprised there are any left as they were being sold on the Costa Del Crime first.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
11-28-2009, 05:54 PM #8
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!!!
11-28-2009, 06:36 PM #9
The model number of the iPhone I just bought from AT&T ends in NF. WTF?Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
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11-28-2009, 06:38 PM #10
LoL such a waste of time.
11-28-2009, 07:44 PM #11
11-28-2009, 09:13 PM #12
I'm glad they're trying to stop these guys, I really hope they don't earn anything but jail time.
11-28-2009, 09:44 PM #13
I want one.
I hope they take PayPal. LOL
Last edited by tudtran; 11-28-2009 at 09:44 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
11-28-2009, 09:57 PM #14
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11-29-2009, 02:33 AM #15
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?mod/edit links removed
11-29-2009, 04:08 AM #16
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.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
11-29-2009, 07:31 AM #17
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.
11-29-2009, 08:34 AM #18
11-29-2009, 06:46 PM #19
gang land ish if i do say so myself...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
11-29-2009, 06:48 PM #20
Why Russia? And how did get there? Wow...Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!