The Growing Problem of Phone Account Hijacking Records of identity thefts reported to the FTC provide some insight into how often thieves hijack a mobile phone account or open a new mobile phone account in a victim’s name.
In January 2013, there were 1,038 incidents of these types of identity theft reported, representing 3.2% of all identity theft incidents reported to the FTC that month.
By January 2016, that number had increased to 2,658 such incidents, representing 6.3% of all identity thefts reported to the FTC that month.
It appears she did not actually make use of either phone, suggesting her intention was to sell them for a quick profit.
As far as I’m aware the thief has not been caught and could be targeting others with this crime.
I learned that the thief had used a fake ID with my name and her photo.
She had acquired the i Phones at a retail store in Ohio, hundreds of miles from where I live, and charged them to my account on an installment plan.
A North Carolina church received an AT&T bill for 17 i Phones purchased by an identity thief.