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UK Police bust global iPhone crime ring

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City of London detectives have arrested 9 suspected members of a fraud conspiracy involving thousands of stolen iPhones and millions of pounds worth of fraudulent phone charges.

In a series of raids Wednesday, police seized numerous phones, SIM cards, fake passports and evidence of an extensive and sophisticated network of criminal activity, The Telegraph reports. 9 suspects, aged 18-42, were arrested in the operation.

The month-long investigation began after criminals stole over £1.2 million from mobile telecom provider O2 in July. The crime ring used SIM cards and automated dialers to call premium-rate phone lines, which charge up to £10 a minute.

Using fraudulent credit cards and identities, the gang purchased thousands of iPhones and contracts. A middleman would then sell the SIM cards to phone scammers and ship the handsets overseas for resale, taking advantage of the UK's practice of heavily subsidizing cell phones. The iPhones fetch prices of up to £450 abroad.

At one home, police confiscated £15,000-worth of iPhones still in their boxes.
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iPhones are committing crimes now? Oh wait… maybe I should read more than the title before commenting.
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Burn them all at the stake!

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Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

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Ultimate flattery
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Burn them all at the stake!

...or put a 1st gen iPod nano in their pocket.
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Apple should implant every new iPhone, from now on, with a tracking device that works before it leaves the factory.

In some countries, people have lost their lives for these iPhones. Protection Now!
post #7 of 14
Why are these criminal rings always stealing Apple?

Why aren't there any Android theft rings?
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I say charge them for all the damage they've done. Then send them back out onto the streets That's like, over £100,000 debt each? That would be funny.

~Callum
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That works out to be a little over thirty iPhones. That sounds less impressive then $15, 000.

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At one home, police confiscated £15,000-worth of iPhones still in their boxes.
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Ultimate flattery

The Droid-bois will be in here any second to declare that they have a much bigger and better crime ring.
post #11 of 14
Looks like O2 needed to spend a little more money on their fraud detection systems, and a little less money on securing all these handset exclusives.
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Just 450 pounds!? That's not much more than the price of an unlocked iPhone.
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I wonder what's going to happen with all those iphones... Police auction? By the time they auction them off, they'll be obsolete.
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I wonder what's going to happen with all those iphones... Police auction? By the time they auction them off, they'll be obsolete.

theres an app for that

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