Man arrested for impersonating people who died in €150,000 mobile phone scam

Man arrested for impersonating people who died in €150,000 cellphone scam Credit: Maxx-Studio/

Spanish National Police have arrested a cybercriminal dedicated to defrauding mobile phone companies by impersonating deceased people, as reported on Tuesday, August 30.

The man arrested for a mobile phone scam that involved impersonating dead people, worked in the town of Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain, and surrounding areas, where he received high-end mobile handsets with a market price of more than €1,000 and then resell them to third parties.

The investigation began at the end of August 2021, when a huge volume of mobile phone order deliveries were detected in and around Torrejón de Ardoz, all of which followed the same illicit pattern.

The detainee entered into new contracts or changed telephone lines on behalf of third parties whose identity he had impersonated.

He did not follow a specific profile in choosing these identities, sometimes even using the identities of deceased people.

Handsets and lines remained unpaid because the bank accounts provided by the author did not exist.

Using image editing tools, the detainee falsified all the necessary documents to formalize the fraudulent contracts that allowed him to acquire the terminals.

National identity cards, bank account statements and false tax office documents were found in the files.

Investigators were able to verify that the alleged perpetrator was fully aware of the operation of mobile phone companies, signing contracts electronically, by telephone or via the Internet.

He used uninhabited properties or places where it was impossible to deliver orders, as delivery addresses, thus forcing delivery people to contact him to request a new delivery point, sometimes using multiple locations for the same shipment.

The news follows reports that Spanish National Police arrested a drug lord who was traveling to Ukraine to buy a sailboat for a new operation, as reported on Monday August 29.

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