A 2013 Forbes article reported that the government had seized over 5,500 phones from a Michigan operation that allegedly acquired them fraudulently from AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Apple stores and was shipping them overseas.The article reported that thieves used stolen identities to upgrade phones and add phone lines to existing accounts.
Such thefts involved all four of the major mobile carriers.
Identity theft reports to the FTC likely represent only the tip of a much larger iceberg.
The store replaced my SIM cards and got my phones working again.
A store employee explained that a thief claiming to be me had gone into a phone store and “upgraded” my two phones to the most expensive i Phone models available and transferred my phone numbers to the new i Phones.
Section 609(e) of the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that companies provide business records related to identity theft to victims within 30 days of receiving a written request.