Scam artists reportedly stole 19 million worth of iPhones

first_img Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Security Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Apple 0 Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All • The iPhone XS Max could fetch hundreds of dollars on the black market. CNET A New York crime ring that allegedly stole hundreds of iPhones over the past seven years has been busted, according to Quartz. All told, the group reportedly got its hands on more than $19 million worth of the devices.Six people were charged in the case, which was filed by federal prosecutors in New York state in April. The complaint was just unsealed, according to Quartz. The felony charges range from mail fraud to conspiracy to identity theft.It’s not unusual for scammers to focus their efforts on Apple’s iPhones given the device’s high price tag, which can run as much as $1,450 per phone. Just a couple of months ago, a pair of Chinese engineering students studying in Oregon allegedly conned Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by exchanging counterfeit iPhones for new ones. And last year, another New York group was nabbed for allegedly stealing more than $1 million worth of iPhones.The group that was most recently caught reportedly ran a scam in which some members used stolen identities to pose as cellphone subscribers. With fake IDs and debit cards they’d allegedly go to mobile phone stores across the US and say they wanted to upgrade their phones to a new iPhone. Then they reportedly shipped the iPhones back to the crime ring’s New York headquarters. People there would allegedly sell the iPhones on the black market.The cellphone subscribers whose identities were stolen ended up being charged for the upgraded phones, according to Quartz. The crime ring reportedly signed the victims up for monthly payments, so that they wouldn’t notice the charges right away.  Court filings didn’t specify how many people were allegedly affected and how many phones were reportedly stolen, but in one incident 250 phones were discovered in dozens of packages being sent to New York. The crime ring was ultimately busted by an unnamed person who worked at an overnight shipping service and became suspicious of all of the packages being sent out of state that weren’t addressed to a physical business or home address.A trial is pending for the six people charged in the scam, according to Quartz. They all pleaded not guilty and were released on $100,000 bonds.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. reading • Scam artists reportedly stole $19 million worth of iPhones Applelast_img read more

Medical Bank urges youth to donate blood

first_imgKolkata: Medical Bank, the organisation engaged in blood donation movement for the past three decades, has urged youths to come forward and donate blood to strengthenthe movement. Medical Bank was established on December 9, 1980. One hundred and fifty two people donated blood to mark the occasion. The donors were given a certificate and saplings as a part of the Save Green and Stay Clean programme of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank said a workshop was organised to create awareness on blood donation among youngsters. There is a ban on people with tattoos donating blood but concealing the fact many are donating blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeD Ashis said more stress should be given on blood donation movement. Around 15 lakh units of blood are required in Bengal against the annual collection of 11 lakh units. The national requirement per year is 1.30 crore unit while the annual collection is 94 lakh units. There are 70 state-run blood banks in Bengal along with 35 private blood banks and 16 blood banks that are being run by the Centre. The blood donation camps in Bengal received a major set back after clubs stopped giving gifts to the donors. Gitanath Ganguly, president Mohun Bagan, Mala Saha, Trinamool Congress MLA and Sujay Chanda, joint commission of Kolkata Police among others were present at the function.last_img read more