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August 18, 2010

Nine nabbed in million pound iPhone scam

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by Darren Allan

Nine people have been arrested in raids earlier this morning regarding an alleged million pound plus scam run using Apple‘s famous smartphone.

Those picked up by the police came from a range of cities up and down the country, from London through Birmingham to Middlesbrough. They were all male, save for one woman.

The scam was purported to work using iPhones purchased via false identities, the sim cards from which were then used to phone overseas premium rate lines owned by the gang, racking up huge bills which the operators were forced to settled.

Then when the network operators tried to contact the phone owners to recover the money, of course they couldn’t be found. The BBC reports that O2 was fleeced to the tune of £1.2 million in the month of July alone. Apparently, the iPhone handsets were also sold on abroad for extra ill-gotten gains.

Det Supt Bob Wishart, of the City of London Police, told the Beeb: “We have struck at the very heart of a highly sophisticated criminal network that has been targeting the telecommunications industry to steal millions of pounds.”

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