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Cell Phone Trafficking in the News

Read our coverage about cell phone trafficking and what the wireless industry is doing to combat this global issue.

August 21, 2017
Whittier cellphone robbery suspects caught after chase and search.
Suspects in a Whittier cellphone store robbery led police on a chase to South Gate where officers found three of the suspected culprits Sunday…
August 2, 2017
Cell Phone Store Robbery
Caught on camera – a trio of crooks robbed an AT&T store in southwest Miami-Dade.
July 20, 2017
Charges in Forks, S. Whitehall for cell phone robbery ring
A Northampton County task force made headway on a cell phone robbery ring investigation after charges were filed Wednesday in connection with …
July 15, 2017
Bail set at $250K for Riverdale man accused of robbing mobile phone stores.
A 20-year-old man is scheduled to appear in court Saturday afternoon accused of several robberies of Chicago mobile phone stores, according to police.
July 11, 2017
Armed robbers strike 6 cellphone stores in St. Paul, Minneapolis
St. Paul and Minneapolis police are looking for suspects involved in robberies at six Metro PCS stores between Friday and Monday, the police d…
July 06, 2017
Attorneys say cell phone store robbery suspects could face murder charges
he defense attorneys for two men charged in connection to a series of cell phone store robberies said Thursday that it’s possible their client…
July 5, 2017
Violent cell phone store robbery.
Violent cell phone store robbery.
June 24, 2017
Three brothers sentenced in domestic, international cell phone trafficking ring.
Three brothers have been sentenced after operating a years long IRS fraud scheme and cell phone and mobile device organized trafficking operation.
June 8, 2017
Arrests in Fuquay-Varina phone-theft plot follow similar Morrisville case
A man and woman from Virginia are charged with running an identity-theft scheme that police say involved at least 50 victims and let them get …
May 10, 2017
Corrections officer arrested on trafficking charge
Police arrested a corrections officer after finding more than a hundred cell phones inside his car.
January 1, 2017
Cell Phone Theft Ring
Two men have been arrested and another remains on the run after Ashland Police busted a cell phone theft ring.
December 1, 2016
Police Seize More Than 11,000 Counterfeit Cellphones
Police Seize More Than 11,000 Counterfeit Cellphones In Southern Brooklyn.
September 8, 2016
Man arrested in Rochelle Park was running scam to get cell phones, cops say.
Man arrested in Rochelle Park was running scam to get cell phones, cops say.
April 20, 2014
Cell Phone Store Robberies Caught on Camera
Cell Phone Store Robberies Caught on Camera.
November 20, 2013
Fight over cell phone upgrade
Fight over cell phone upgrade
August 21, 2012
Feds Raid Taylor, Troy Electronics Stores
Two small metro Detroit electronics stores were raided Tuesday by Homeland Security agents.
May 7, 2012
Tracfone Wireless Succeeds In International Phone Trafficker Case
Tracfone wireless succeeds in international phone trafficker case - $40M judgment awarded against Hong Kong companies.
January 25, 2010
Road to terrorism arrests began at Deptford Mall
Moussa Ali Hamdan drove a flashy SUV into the Deptford Mall parking lot for the lunchtime meeting.
Authorities say that he was there to…
January 21, 2010
Resellers Barred From Using TracFone's Trademarks
Resellers Barred From Using TracFone's Trademarks
December 23, 2009
TracFone Sues Alleged Cell Phone Traffickers
TracFone Sues Alleged Cell Phone Traffickers
December 3, 2008
Watchdog eyes copyright safety for iPhones, YouTube and Recycling
A landmark exemption to US copyright law allowing Americans to unlock their cell phones should be strengthened to prevent trampling on the rig…
August 7, 2008
T-Mobile gets final judgments, injunctions against prepaid traffickers
Just a few months after Tracfone won a suit against a prepaid phone trafficker, T-Mobile has obtained final judgments and injunctions against …
July 21, 2008
The Prepaid Phone Trafficking Web of Crime
Cell phone trafficking operations siphon millions of dollars from the wireless industry and its customers every year.
July 13, 2008
Cell Phone Companies Scramble To Halt Trafficking
For less than $15, you can buy a cell phone loaded with minutes. You can buy more as you go whenever those minutes run out. Best of all, you a…
May 16, 2008
Precedent set by guilty plea in cell phone case
A Sugar Land man's admission Friday in Houston federal court marks a milestone in the wireless industry's effort to curb prepaid cell phone tr…
February 7, 2008
Wireless industry retaliates against prepaid phone traffickers
Just how big a problem is prepaid mobile-phone trafficking in the United States? All signs point to a potentially huge black market of interna…
September 12, 2007
Sites offer software to unlock iPhone
In a digital netherworld in which Internet-based blog sites begin to look like the most legitimate aspect of the terrain, word has spread that…
August 20, 2007
Phone tactic rings up lawsuits
Prepaid wireless seller TracFone Wireless Inc. has launched an aggressive litigation tack to block bulk purchases of its cellphones because th…
September 11, 2006
Cell Phone Makers Fight Resales
'Don't Leave a Phone Behind': Cell Phone Makers Fight Resales