About 80 mobile phones are stolen in London every day. The IMEIs of many of these phones are blocked when they are reported stolen, which supposedly renders them unusable. But in practice, the BBC has demonstrated that some dodgy London businessmen will still buy these blocked and stolen phones – even though handling stolen goods is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 14 years. Watch the video at the BBC’s website, to see hidden camera footage of the crooked traders.
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Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others. Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy. Commsrisk is edited by Eric. Look here for more about Eric's history as editor.