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August 22, 2009

$22 million identity theft scam involving AT&T and T-Mobile

Dan Goodin writes about how current and former cell phone dealers accessed the databases of AT&T and T-Mobile and stole the personal identifiers of customers in a four year identity theft scheme. Here's a quote from his article:

"Federal prosecutors have accused eight individuals of fraudulently obtaining $22m worth of wireless devices and services from AT&T and T-Mobile in an elaborate four-year scheme that exploited weaknesses in the cellular providers' network.

Between 2005 and July this year, two of the defendants used their status as current or former authorized cell phone dealers to tap in to databases maintained by AT&T and T-Mobile, according to an indictment unsealed earlier this week in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. They then stole the names, addresses and personally identifying information of cellular customers."

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