An interview with a thief. Mobile phone theft

There are materials that do not leave the walls of the editorial office, remain dictaphone records, sketches in notebooks, unrealized plots. Sometimes topics pop up and seem to be calling, another piece is added to the mosaic, the picture becomes more voluminous, more realistic. The idea of ​​a material about the theft of mobile phones has been ripe for a long time. At first, there were several informal meetings with criminal investigation officers, who shrugged their shoulders and complained that they couldn’t say anything on the record and with names, and didn’t want to. They do not need excessive popularity, there are no campaigns to combat the theft of phones. The maximum that the Ministry of Internal Affairs can do today is to maintain its own database of IMEI numbers. It contains all the phones that were stolen, and whose owners insisted on accepting the application. As representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs themselves say, the search for stolen phones is technically simple, but it leads not to thieves, but to resellers or end buyers. In cases of ordinary theft of a phone from an average citizen, the search for such a device is unprofitable. This is a big burden for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in fact, the police act as a good offices agency, returning the device and remaining with nothing in the form of an open criminal case, since the thieves were not caught.

The technical side of the issue is uncomplicated to disgrace. To find a stolen phone, it is enough to make requests to the main operators and indicate the IMEI number, then the operators will tell you which SIM cards the device was used with and to whom, to whose passport data they are registered. Then the phone is seized from the current owner, and this is where the story ends. Sometimes the question arises that the SIM card is registered to the "left" passport data, or the "owner" of the number does not even know about it. It happens that way too. Despite the assurances of operators that it is impossible to buy a SIM card without presenting a passport, this is far from being the case. For the purpose of the experiment, your obedient servant walked through several salons along Leninsky Prospekt. The result resulted in the purchase of 7 contracts with filling in all the data “from memory”. They refused only in one place, and then in the salon of the same network, next to the pleasure, they registered a contract for Dmitry Medvedev. Having caught the mood, he filled out a contract for Vyacheslav Malezhik, and the consultant's reaction was zero. To take a chance and ask to enter Dima Bilan, who, apparently, is better known to the consultant, could not, abstained.

From the point of view of the operator, such SIM-cards do not present problems exactly until the moment when they are paid and talked about. It is practically impossible to isolate "fake" contracts from the general mass, and operators do not do this, they do not have such a task. So you would look for subscribers who pay money and do not have any claims, as well as rights? Finding a phone with such a “left” SIM card is already more difficult. But there are no impossible tasks, and by analyzing incoming / outgoing calls, viewing which devices used other SIM cards, it is quite possible to find the individuals behind a particular device. But this is a wild headache, a lot of effort. As part of the theft of an ordinary phone, no one will do this. But in high-profile criminal cases, such actions are justified.

It turns out a vicious circle. On the one hand, it is unprofitable for the police to accept applications for the theft of mobile phones, since it is impossible to close such cases correctly. On the other hand, operators are also not interested in searching for such phones, in any case they will make calls, including to the phones of this operator. The victims are the only party that cries out for revenge, compensation for damage, but is not ready to defend their rights to the end. Ordeal in the police, where under any pretext they do not accept applications, results in a refusal of them. Who wins? It is easy to guess that the winners are thieves, for whom mobile phones, literally and figuratively, have turned into a gold mine.

The second part of the Marleson ballet

How to find someone who steals mobile phones? To place an ad on the pages of the site? In newspapers? Imagine the comedy of the announcement: “Wanted for a professional who steals mobile phones. An interview is required. Urgently". The task is not easy, and without communication with such characters, the picture did not develop. The arguments of the police were clear and understandable, but the criminal component remained overboard.

The same operatives saved my lamentations. Watch the “Duty Unit”, where day after day they show how patrols in hot pursuit catch those who trade in robbery on the streets, including stealing phones. But I was not interested in such cases, they were, judging by anonymous on television notes, episodic in nature, the detainees shown did not have a shade of intelligence and obviously went for it without being prepared. With the same success, they took away not only phones, but also bags, wallets, purses, while using force and threats. This is a large layer of similar cases, but they are understandable and explainable, just like thefts in the subway.

This is the second place I was sent to, by the way. To the linear police station on the subway. In the subway, devices are often snatched out just before the doors close. Look, for example, you are in your communicator, enjoying a movie or a book, and then out of nowhere a hand, and the device is pulled out. A couple of years ago I had a similar story. Before May 9, when there were few residents in the city and full of police and military, one such comrade tried to jump out with my phone. I was sitting and playing marbles, and this figure leaned over and grabbed the Sony Ericsson P900i. But I didn't give it away. Moreover, I mistook this person for an acquaintance and thought, what a stupid joke. However, the next moment a friend jumped out of the car. There were several people standing along the road, none of them tried to stop him. This is indicative, do not count on others to intervene and help you, most likely this will not happen.

Professional pluckers prefer not to work so rough, and even more so in the subway. There are no problems, there are cameras at all stations and entrances, in the cars. If they work, then only in a group and at rush hour, in the crowd. Although the police honestly admitted that it is difficult to catch those who snatch phones from passengers. If these are isolated cases, then the chances of detecting and catching a thief are small. People are reluctant to apply.

In 2006, several research companies conducted surveys on how the number of reported phone thefts compared to actual thefts. The ratio turned out to be deadly, one to five. That is, for one application there are five cases when the phone is stolen, but the owner waved his hand at it. But even if only official statistics are taken into account, we will get disappointing figures. The Ministry of Internal Affairs believes that every fifth criminal offense today is connected with mobile phones. In 2006, 250,000 stolen phones were registered; in 2007, their number almost reached 350,000. Remembering the ratio of one to five, we can assume that the market for stolen phones is at least 1.5 million phones a year. In monetary terms, this is about 300 million US dollars. Attractive figure, isn't it?

How do owners' phones disappear? The statistics of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Nizhny Novgorod region for 2007 are indicative; they are quite applicable to other regions as well. Of the 1,700 crimes, about 60 percent were thefts, 25% were robberies, and the rest were fraud cases.

Legal trials

Russia is not the first country to face a wave of mobile phone thefts. There were other countries before us, for example, Germany, Australia, Great Britain. The reaction of the legislature in these countries was much more prompt. In a short time, back in 2003-2005, laws were passed to combat phone theft. Operators were obliged to keep "black" lists of phones. Procedures were developed to search for stolen devices, which made it possible to successfully locate them. In parallel, laws were passed criminalizing changing IMEI phone numbers, since in 90 percent of cases such a procedure is needed only to hide a stolen device.

In one form or another, the problem of mobile phone theft has been actively discussed since 2003. At different levels, officials demand that effective measures be taken, but things are still there. In September 2005, I managed to attend a meeting of the Moscow City Duma, where this topic was discussed. The topic sounded like "On the suppression of illegal circulation of mobile communications in the secondary market." In short, the impressions of this meeting can be described as positive. Different people said the right things, following the results of the meeting they formed a legislative initiative and amendments to the “Law on Communications”, as well as the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.On the one hand, the operators had to assist in the search for stolen phones at their own expense and provide all possible assistance to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on the other hand, the punishment for such thefts increased to 6 years in prison. They also did not forget about changing the IMEI number. But that initiative remained the same. In general, such discussions took place very often, if not constantly. The topic of mobile phone theft pops up every day, but it has evolved from being a serious problem, which it is, into a commonplace. Everyone knows about it, but they can't do anything. Lacks determination. Yes, and this topic is not interesting for operators, since they do not suffer in any way, but compliance with new laws will fall on their shoulders. So all the bills are torpedoed from year to year, and people who are able to insist on them do not appear.

In this regard, such a Beeline project as "Mobile Literacy" is very appropriate. The company held a session on mobile fraud, mostly related to the theft or extortion of prepaid card data. After all, subscribers of operators suffer from this kind of activity, and the negative, voluntarily or involuntarily, is projected onto companies as well. But within the framework of the problem, the theft of mobile phones takes a more significant place, and not a word about it. There are no interested parties among the operators, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs cannot fight their passivity without the support of the legislature.

Conversation with the thief

If someone thinks that operatives are callous people, don't believe it, it depends on your attitude towards them. Forgetting his encroachments to dig up material for an article about the theft of phones, he lived quietly and worked on. A few months later, an unfamiliar number calls, and one of the operatives says that there is a unique opportunity to meet and talk with a professional thief, who also deals with mobile phones. To refuse such luck is stupid, and I rush headlong to the police station through all of Moscow. To put all the points in this story, I immediately admit that the conversation took place anonymously, my counterpart was detained not for stealing the phone, but for some other offense. He agreed to talk about phones regardless of himself, and, apparently, this allowed him to brighten up the time.

Pasha, let's call him that for simplicity, at the age of 35-40, decently dressed, does not stand out from the Moscow crowd, it is easy to recognize a middle-class manager in him. A well-delivered speech, the general impression of an intelligent person, moderately well-read. In thirty minutes I manage to ask only the most basic and then on top, then they take him away.

EM. Could you explain why mobile phones are so profitable to steal?

P. From the newspapers I know what is profitable. I can only guess based on general experience (hereinafter, Pavel is very careful in his statements, he never talks about himself, he describes only situations).

EM. Okay, let's use general examples, if possible, and real stories.

P. A stolen phone cannot be found, and it is impossible to prove that you stole it. Here you go down the street, find the phone. Did you steal it? Answer.

EM. No, he was lying on the street.

P. The thief finds the phone in your pocket, and if you don't grab his hand the moment he pulls out the phone, you can't prove anything. The wallet is worse, which is why many thieves like to seize phones. Less hassle - I threw out the SIM card, sold it on a tray or in a car next to the metro. You will get 15 percent of the real price, but with a phone price of 500-600 dollars, this is delicious. And there are no problems with the police, because the phone is “found”, what I want, I do with it.

EM. Hmmm, but it’s difficult to “find” a phone this way, you have to get into your pocket or bag, or on a person’s belt. Why won't he pay attention?

P. Will not turn. People live in their little worlds and ignore rude people. Stumble in the street and don't grab the person's arm too hard. He will resent this, but not check his pockets. And the phone has already changed hands. This scheme works, the main thing is not to abuse it in one place. It is even more fun in transport, there is a crush.

EM. How many phones can be "found" in the same area?

P. In an hour, a trained person is able to take from one to a dozen phones. It's not pocket-friendly. You need to choose a person, look at his phone, clothes, behavior. It's better not to mess with anyone. If you work alone, then you can’t take more than one phone, no one will believe that you were lucky to find many phones at once. It is necessary to give the seized to a friend so that he stores everything in a car or in a bag. It is better to sell phones in another area of ​​the city, then the opportunity to see them on the tray with the owners disappears.

EM. Often caught stealing mobile phones?

P. Never heard of such a thing. Sometimes they agree that someone takes it upon themselves in exchange for absolution under other articles. But that rarely happens. No robbery, no one remembers you. It is impossible to prove the fact of theft, there is the fact of losing the phone.

EM. Calling stolen phones?

P. Rogues from gop-stop companies are calling. The Moldovans are calling. Serious people throw away the SIM card, case, laces, everything by which you can quickly identify the phone.

EM. How is the victim chosen? Why this person and not another?

P. They look at the phone, it is profitable to take expensive, new models. There are many of them, everyone talks on the street, then they put the phone in their pockets. Worst of all, when the phone is in the front pocket of the trousers on the right. And here you can do a lot, but it's better not to risk it. The easiest way to get out of the back pockets, outerwear, from the laces. The person does not notice anything.

EM. What is the maximum amount you heard of stealing phones from passers-by a day?

P. A friend of mine (smiling slyly) once found a Nokia 8800 and more than one. During the day, he was lucky to find 8 devices. Dealers for them gave more than 1500 USD. If you burn at work, then you can consistently receive 500-600 dollars, no less.

EM. Should I share this money with someone?

P. With whom? When you find something on the street, do you share it? No need. This is a craft.

EM. Is this type of income dangerous? Are there hidden threats?

P. It is necessary to understand people, and then it is no more dangerous than any other job. The main thing is to understand people and who is who.

EM. Would you steal my phone?

P. I never take someone else's. If I found your phone, I would call you and return it for a fee. Everything is fair.

EM. Do you have a preference for phone brands?

P. Certainly. I like Nokia, Sony Ericsson phones. I don't like other brands as much.

How long?!

Which of our officials should have their phone stolen so that there are legislative initiatives aimed at combating this phenomenon? Do not know. But everything that is happening today is reminiscent of an active transfusion from empty to empty. The number of mobile phone thefts is growing at an unparalleled rate of growth in the market for these phones. Those who put such a “business” on stream feel impunity, since there is no real threat to their well-being. We want to tell you as much as possible about this problem, soon there will be an article about the used phones market, about how devices appear on it. If you have interesting information, you can tell examples from your life, then you are welcome to our forum. Thanks in advance.

An interview with a thief. Mobile phone theft

There are materials that do not leave the walls of the editorial office, remain dictaphone records, sketches in notebooks, unrealized plots. Sometimes topics pop up and seem to be calling, another piece is added to the mosaic, the picture becomes more voluminous, more realistic. The idea of ​​a material about the theft of mobile phones has been ripe for a long time. At first, there were several informal meetings with criminal investigation officers, who shrugged their shoulders and complained that they couldn’t say anything on the record and with names, and didn’t want to. They do not need excessive popularity, there are no campaigns to combat the theft of phones. The maximum that the Ministry of Internal Affairs can do today is to maintain its own database of IMEI numbers. It contains all the phones that were stolen, and whose owners insisted on accepting the application. As representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs themselves say, the search for stolen phones is technically simple, but it leads not to thieves, but to resellers or end buyers. In cases of ordinary theft of a phone from an average citizen, the search for such a device is unprofitable. This is a big burden for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in fact, the police act as a good offices agency, returning the device and remaining with nothing in the form of an open criminal case, since the thieves were not caught.

The technical side of the issue is uncomplicated to disgrace. To find a stolen phone, it is enough to make requests to the main operators and indicate the IMEI number, then the operators will tell you which SIM cards the device was used with and to whom, to whose passport data they are registered. Then the phone is seized from the current owner, and this is where the story ends. Sometimes the question arises that the SIM card is registered to the "left" passport data, or the "owner" of the number does not even know about it. It happens that way too. Despite the assurances of operators that it is impossible to buy a SIM card without presenting a passport, this is far from being the case. For the purpose of the experiment, your obedient servant walked through several salons along Leninsky Prospekt. The result resulted in the purchase of 7 contracts with filling in all the data “from memory”. They refused only in one place, and then in the salon of the same network, next to pleasure, they registered a contract for Dmitry Medvedev. Having caught the mood, he filled out a contract for Vyacheslav Malezhik, and the consultant's reaction was zero. To take a chance and ask to enter Dima Bilan, who, apparently, is better known to the consultant, could not, abstained.

From the point of view of the operator, such SIM-cards do not present problems exactly until the moment when they are paid and spoken about. It is practically impossible to isolate "fake" contracts from the general mass, and operators do not do this, they do not have such a task. So you would look for subscribers who pay money and have no claims, as well as rights? Finding a phone with such a “left” SIM card is already more difficult. But there are no impossible tasks, and by analyzing incoming / outgoing calls, viewing which devices used other SIM cards, it is quite possible to find the individuals behind a particular device. But this is a wild headache, a lot of effort. As part of the theft of an ordinary phone, no one will do this. But in high-profile criminal cases, such actions are justified.

It turns out a vicious circle. On the one hand, it is unprofitable for the police to accept applications for the theft of mobile phones, since it is impossible to close such cases correctly. On the other hand, operators are also not interested in searching for such phones, in any case they will make calls, including to the phones of this operator. The victims are the only party that cries out for revenge, compensation for damage, but is not ready to defend their rights to the end. The ordeal in the police, where under any pretext they do not accept applications, results in a refusal of them. Who wins? It's easy to guess that the winners are the thieves, for whom mobile phones, literally and figuratively, have turned into a gold mine.

The second part of the Marleson ballet

How to find someone who steals mobile phones? To place an ad on the pages of the site? In newspapers? Imagine the comedy of the announcement: “Wanted for a professional who steals mobile phones. An interview is required. Urgently". The task is not easy, and without communication with such characters, the picture did not develop. The arguments of the police were clear and understandable, but the criminal component remained overboard.

The same operatives saved my lamentations. Watch the “Duty Unit”, where day after day they show how patrols in hot pursuit catch those who trade in robbery on the streets, including stealing phones. But I was not interested in such cases, they were, judging by anonymous on television notes, episodic in nature, the detainees shown did not have a shade of intelligence and obviously went for it without being prepared. With the same success, they took away not only phones, but also bags, wallets, purses, while using force and threats. This is a large layer of similar cases, but they are understandable and explainable, just like thefts in the subway.

This is the second place I was sent to, by the way. To the linear police station on the subway. In the subway, devices are often snatched out just before the doors close. Look, for example, you are in your communicator, enjoying a movie or a book, and then out of nowhere a hand, and the device is pulled out. A couple of years ago I had a similar story. Before May 9, when there were few residents in the city and full of police and military, one such comrade tried to jump out with my phone. I was sitting and playing marbles, and this figure leaned over and grabbed the Sony Ericsson P900i. But I didn't give it away. Moreover, I mistook this person for an acquaintance and thought, what a stupid joke. However, the next moment a friend jumped out of the car. There were several people standing along the road, none of them tried to stop him. This is indicative, do not count on others to intervene and help you, most likely this will not happen.

Professional pluckers prefer not to work so rough, and even more so in the subway. There are no problems, there are cameras at all stations and entrances, in the cars. If they work, then only in a group and at rush hour, in the crowd. Although the police honestly admitted that it is difficult to catch those who snatch phones from passengers. If these are isolated cases, then the chances of detecting and catching a thief are small. People are reluctant to apply.

In 2006, several research companies conducted surveys on how the number of reported phone thefts compared to actual thefts. The ratio turned out to be deadly, one to five. That is, for one application there are five cases when the phone is stolen, but the owner waved his hand at it. But even if only official statistics are taken into account, we will get disappointing figures. The Ministry of Internal Affairs believes that every fifth criminal offense today is connected with mobile phones. In 2006, 250,000 stolen phones were registered; in 2007, their number almost reached 350,000. Remembering the ratio of one to five, we can assume that the market for stolen phones is at least 1.5 million phones a year. In monetary terms, this is about 300 million US dollars. Attractive figure, isn't it?

How do owners' phones disappear? The statistics of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Nizhny Novgorod region for 2007 are indicative; they are quite applicable to other regions as well. Of the 1,700 crimes, about 60 percent were thefts, 25% were robberies, and the rest were fraud cases.

Legal trials

Russia is not the first country to face a wave of mobile phone thefts. There were other countries before us, for example, Germany, Australia, Great Britain. The reaction of the legislature in these countries was much more prompt. In a short time, back in 2003-2005, laws were passed to combat phone theft. Operators were obliged to keep "black" lists of phones. Procedures were developed to search for stolen devices, which made it possible to successfully locate them. In parallel, laws were passed criminalizing changing IMEI phone numbers, since in 90 percent of cases such a procedure is needed only to hide a stolen device.

In one form or another, the problem of mobile phone theft has been actively discussed since 2003. At different levels, officials demand that effective measures be taken, but things are still there. In September 2005, I managed to attend a meeting of the Moscow City Duma, where this topic was discussed. The topic sounded like "On the suppression of illegal circulation of mobile communications in the secondary market." In short, the impressions of this meeting can be described as positive. Different people said the right things, following the results of the meeting they formed a legislative initiative and amendments to the “Law on Communications”, as well as the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.On the one hand, the operators had to assist in the search for stolen phones at their own expense and provide all possible assistance to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on the other hand, the punishment for such thefts increased to 6 years in prison. They also did not forget about changing the IMEI number. But that initiative remained the same. In general, such discussions took place very often, if not constantly. The topic of mobile phone theft pops up every day, but it has evolved from being a serious problem, which it is, into a commonplace. Everyone knows about it, but they can't do anything. Lacks determination. Yes, and this topic is not interesting for operators, since they do not suffer in any way, but compliance with new laws will fall on their shoulders. So all the bills are torpedoed from year to year, and people who are able to insist on them do not appear.

In this regard, such a Beeline project as "Mobile Literacy" is very appropriate. The company held a session on mobile fraud, mostly related to the theft or extortion of prepaid card data. After all, subscribers of operators suffer from this kind of activity, and the negative, voluntarily or involuntarily, is projected onto companies as well. But within the framework of the problem, the theft of mobile phones takes a more significant place, and not a word about it. There are no interested parties among the operators, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs cannot fight their passivity without the support of the legislature.

Conversation with the thief

If someone thinks that operatives are callous people, don't believe it, it depends on your attitude towards them. Forgetting his encroachments to dig up material for an article about the theft of phones, he lived quietly and worked on. A few months later, an unfamiliar number calls, and one of the operatives says that there is a unique opportunity to meet and talk with a professional thief, who also deals with mobile phones. To refuse such luck is stupid, and I rush headlong to the police station through all of Moscow. To put all the points in this story, I immediately admit that the conversation took place anonymously, my counterpart was detained not for stealing the phone, but for some other offense. He agreed to talk about phones regardless of himself, and, apparently, this allowed him to brighten up the time.

Pasha, let's call him that for simplicity, at the age of 35-40, decently dressed, does not stand out from the Moscow crowd, it is easy to recognize a middle-class manager in him. A well-delivered speech, the general impression of an intelligent person, moderately well-read. In thirty minutes I manage to ask only the most basic and then on top, then they take him away.

EM. Could you explain why mobile phones are so profitable to steal?

P. From the newspapers I know what is profitable. I can only guess based on general experience (hereinafter, Pavel is very careful in his statements, he never talks about himself, he describes only situations).

EM. Okay, let's use general examples, if possible, and real stories.

P. A stolen phone cannot be found, and it is impossible to prove that you stole it. Here you go down the street, find the phone. Did you steal it? Answer.

EM. No, he was lying on the street.

P. The thief finds the phone in your pocket, and if you don't grab his hand the moment he pulls out the phone, you can't prove anything. The wallet is worse, which is why many thieves like to seize phones. Less hassle - I threw out the SIM card, sold it on a tray or in a car next to the metro. You will get 15 percent of the real price, but with a phone price of 500-600 dollars, this is delicious. And there are no problems with the police, because the phone is “found”, what I want, I do with it.

EM. Hmmm, but it’s difficult to “find” a phone this way, you have to get into your pocket or bag, or on a person’s belt. Why won't he pay attention?

P. Will not turn. People live in their little worlds and ignore rude people. Stumble in the street and don't grab the person's arm too hard. He will resent this, but not check his pockets. And the phone has already changed hands. This scheme works, the main thing is not to abuse it in one place. It is even more fun in transport, there is a crush.

EM. How many phones can be "found" in the same area?

P. In an hour, a trained person is able to take from one to a dozen phones. It's not pocket-friendly. You need to choose a person, look at his phone, clothes, behavior. It's better not to mess with anyone. If you work alone, then you can’t take more than one phone, no one will believe that you were lucky to find many phones at once. It is necessary to give the seized to a friend so that he stores everything in a car or in a bag. It is better to sell phones in another area of ​​the city, then the opportunity to see them on the tray with the owners disappears.

EM. Often caught stealing mobile phones?

P. Never heard of such a thing. Sometimes they agree that someone takes it upon themselves in exchange for absolution under other articles. But that rarely happens. No robbery, no one remembers you. It is impossible to prove the fact of theft, there is the fact of losing the phone.

EM. Calling stolen phones?

P. Rogues from gop-stop companies are calling. The Moldovans are calling. Serious people throw away the SIM card, case, laces, everything by which you can quickly identify the phone.

EM. How is the victim chosen? Why this person and not another?

P. They look at the phone, it is profitable to take expensive, new models. There are many of them, everyone talks on the street, then they put the phone in their pockets. Worst of all, when the phone is in the front pocket of the trousers on the right. And here you can do a lot, but it's better not to risk it. The easiest way to get out of the back pockets, outerwear, from the laces. The person does not notice anything.

EM. What is the maximum amount you heard of stealing phones from passers-by a day?

P. A friend of mine (smiling slyly) once found a Nokia 8800 and more than one. During the day, he was lucky to find 8 devices. Dealers for them gave more than 1500 USD. If you burn at work, then you can consistently receive 500-600 dollars, no less.

EM. Should I share this money with someone?

P. With whom? When you find something on the street, do you share it? No need. This is a craft.

EM. Is this type of income dangerous? Are there hidden threats?

P. It is necessary to understand people, and then it is no more dangerous than any other job. The main thing is to understand people and who is who.

EM. Would you steal my phone?

P. I never take someone else's. If I found your phone, I would call you and return it for a fee. Everything is fair.

EM. Do you have a preference for phone brands?

P. Certainly. I like Nokia, Sony Ericsson phones. I don't like other brands as much.

How long?!

Which of our officials should have their phone stolen so that there are legislative initiatives aimed at combating this phenomenon? Do not know. But everything that is happening today is reminiscent of an active transfusion from empty to empty. The number of mobile phone thefts is growing at an unparalleled rate of growth in the market for these phones. Those who put such a “business” on stream feel impunity, since there is no real threat to their well-being. We want to tell you as much as possible about this problem, soon there will be an article about the used phones market, about how devices appear on it. If you have interesting information, you can tell examples from your life, then you are welcome to our forum. Thanks in advance.

An interview with a thief. Mobile phone theft

There are materials that do not leave the walls of the editorial office, remain dictaphone records, sketches in notebooks, unrealized plots. Sometimes topics pop up and seem to be calling, another piece is added to the mosaic, the picture becomes more voluminous, more realistic. The idea of ​​a material about the theft of mobile phones has been ripe for a long time. At first, there were several informal meetings with criminal investigation officers, who shrugged their shoulders and complained that they couldn’t say anything on the record and with names, and didn’t want to. They do not need excessive popularity, there are no campaigns to combat the theft of phones. The maximum that the Ministry of Internal Affairs can do today is to maintain its own database of IMEI numbers. It contains all the phones that were stolen, and whose owners insisted on accepting the application. As representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs themselves say, the search for stolen phones is technically simple, but it leads not to thieves, but to resellers or end buyers. In cases of ordinary theft of a phone from an average citizen, the search for such a device is unprofitable. This is a big burden for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in fact, the police act as a good offices agency, returning the device and remaining with nothing in the form of an open criminal case, since the thieves were not caught.

The technical side of the issue is uncomplicated to disgrace. To find a stolen phone, it is enough to make requests to the main operators and indicate the IMEI number, then the operators will tell you which SIM cards the device was used with and to whom, to whose passport data they are registered. Then the phone is seized from the current owner, and this is where the story ends. Sometimes the question arises that the SIM card is registered to the "left" passport data, or the "owner" of the number does not even know about it. It happens that way too. Despite the assurances of operators that it is impossible to buy a SIM card without presenting a passport, this is far from being the case. For the purpose of the experiment, your obedient servant walked through several salons along Leninsky Prospekt. The result resulted in the purchase of 7 contracts with filling in all the data “from memory”. They refused only in one place, and then in the salon of the same network, next to the pleasure, they registered a contract for Dmitry Medvedev. Having caught the mood, he filled out a contract for Vyacheslav Malezhik, and the consultant's reaction was zero. To take a chance and ask to enter Dima Bilan, who, apparently, is better known to the consultant, could not, abstained.

From the point of view of the operator, such SIM-cards do not present problems exactly until the moment when they are paid and talked about. It is practically impossible to isolate "fake" contracts from the general mass, and operators do not do this, they do not have such a task. So you would look for subscribers who pay money and do not have any claims, as well as rights? Finding a phone with such a “left” SIM card is already more difficult. But there are no impossible tasks, and by analyzing incoming / outgoing calls, viewing which devices used other SIM cards, it is quite possible to find the individuals behind a particular device. But this is a wild headache, a lot of effort. As part of the theft of an ordinary phone, no one will do this. But in high-profile criminal cases, such actions are justified.

It turns out a vicious circle. On the one hand, it is unprofitable for the police to accept applications for the theft of mobile phones, since it is impossible to close such cases correctly. On the other hand, operators are also not interested in searching for such phones, in any case they will make calls, including to the phones of this operator. The victims are the only party that cries out for revenge, compensation for damage, but is not ready to defend their rights to the end. Ordeal in the police, where under any pretext they do not accept applications, results in a refusal of them. Who wins? It is easy to guess that the winners are thieves, for whom mobile phones, literally and figuratively, have turned into a gold mine.

The second part of the Marleson ballet

How to find someone who steals mobile phones? To place an ad on the pages of the site? In newspapers? Imagine the comedy of the announcement: “Wanted for a professional who steals mobile phones. An interview is required. Urgently". The task is not easy, and without communication with such characters, the picture did not develop. The arguments of the police were clear and understandable, but the criminal component remained overboard.

The same operatives saved my lamentations. Watch the “Duty Unit”, where day after day they show how patrols in hot pursuit catch those who trade in robbery on the streets, including stealing phones. But I was not interested in such cases, they were, judging by anonymous on television notes, episodic in nature, the detainees shown did not have a shade of intelligence and obviously went for it without being prepared. With the same success, they took away not only phones, but also bags, wallets, purses, while using force and threats. This is a large layer of similar cases, but they are understandable and explainable, just like thefts in the subway.

This is the second place I was sent to, by the way. To the linear police station on the subway. In the subway, devices are often snatched out just before the doors close. Look, for example, you are in your communicator, enjoying a movie or a book, and then out of nowhere a hand, and the device is pulled out. A couple of years ago I had a similar story. Before May 9, when there were few residents in the city and full of police and military, one such comrade tried to jump out with my phone. I was sitting and playing marbles, and this figure leaned over and grabbed the Sony Ericsson P900i. But I didn't give it away. Moreover, I mistook this person for an acquaintance and thought, what a stupid joke. However, the next moment a friend jumped out of the car. There were several people standing along the road, none of them tried to stop him. This is indicative, do not count on others to intervene and help you, most likely this will not happen.

Professional pluckers prefer not to work so rough, and even more so in the subway. There are no problems, there are cameras at all stations and entrances, in the cars. If they work, then only in a group and at rush hour, in the crowd. Although the police honestly admitted that it is difficult to catch those who snatch phones from passengers. If these are isolated cases, then the chances of detecting and catching a thief are small. People are reluctant to apply.

In 2006, several research companies conducted surveys on how the number of reported phone thefts compared to actual thefts. The ratio turned out to be deadly, one to five. That is, for one application there are five cases when the phone is stolen, but the owner waved his hand at it. But even if only official statistics are taken into account, we will get disappointing figures. The Ministry of Internal Affairs believes that every fifth criminal offense today is connected with mobile phones. In 2006, 250,000 stolen phones were registered; in 2007, their number almost reached 350,000. Remembering the ratio of one to five, we can assume that the market for stolen phones is at least 1.5 million phones a year. In monetary terms, this is about 300 million US dollars. Attractive figure, isn't it?

How do owners' phones disappear? The statistics of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Nizhny Novgorod region for 2007 are indicative; they are quite applicable to other regions as well. Of the 1,700 crimes, about 60 percent were thefts, 25% were robberies, and the rest were fraud cases.

Legal trials

Russia is not the first country to face a wave of mobile phone thefts. There were other countries before us, for example, Germany, Australia, Great Britain. The reaction of the legislature in these countries was much more prompt. In a short time, back in 2003-2005, laws were passed to combat phone theft. Operators were obliged to keep "black" lists of phones. Procedures were developed to search for stolen devices, which made it possible to successfully locate them. In parallel, laws were passed criminalizing changing IMEI phone numbers, since in 90 percent of cases such a procedure is needed only to hide a stolen device.

In one form or another, the problem of mobile phone theft has been actively discussed since 2003. At different levels, officials demand that effective measures be taken, but things are still there. In September 2005, I managed to attend a meeting of the Moscow City Duma, where this topic was discussed. The topic sounded like "On the suppression of illegal circulation of mobile communications in the secondary market." In short, the impressions of this meeting can be described as positive. Different people said the right things, following the results of the meeting they formed a legislative initiative and amendments to the “Law on Communications”, as well as the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.On the one hand, the operators had to assist in the search for stolen phones at their own expense and provide all possible assistance to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on the other hand, the punishment for such thefts increased to 6 years in prison. They also did not forget about changing the IMEI number. But that initiative remained the same. In general, such discussions took place very often, if not constantly. The topic of mobile phone theft pops up every day, but it has evolved from being a serious problem, which it is, into a commonplace. Everyone knows about it, but they can't do anything. Lacks determination. Yes, and this topic is not interesting for operators, since they do not suffer in any way, but compliance with new laws will fall on their shoulders. So all the bills are torpedoed from year to year, and people who are able to insist on them do not appear.

In this regard, such a Beeline project as "Mobile Literacy" is very appropriate. The company held a session on mobile fraud, mostly related to the theft or extortion of prepaid card data. After all, subscribers of operators suffer from this kind of activity, and the negative, voluntarily or involuntarily, is projected onto companies as well. But within the framework of the problem, the theft of mobile phones takes a more significant place, and not a word about it. There are no interested parties among the operators, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs cannot fight their passivity without the support of the legislature.

Conversation with the thief

If someone thinks that operatives are callous people, don't believe it, it depends on your attitude towards them. Forgetting his encroachments to dig up material for an article about the theft of phones, he lived quietly and worked on. A few months later, an unfamiliar number calls, and one of the operatives says that there is a unique opportunity to meet and talk with a professional thief, who also deals with mobile phones. To refuse such luck is stupid, and I rush headlong to the police station through all of Moscow. To put all the points in this story, I immediately admit that the conversation took place anonymously, my counterpart was detained not for stealing the phone, but for some other offense. He agreed to talk about phones regardless of himself, and, apparently, this allowed him to brighten up the time.

Pasha, let's call him that for simplicity, at the age of 35-40, decently dressed, does not stand out from the Moscow crowd, it is easy to recognize a middle-class manager in him. A well-delivered speech, the general impression of an intelligent person, moderately well-read. In thirty minutes I manage to ask only the most basic and then on top, then they take him away.

EM. Could you explain why mobile phones are so profitable to steal?

P. From the newspapers I know what is profitable. I can only guess based on general experience (hereinafter, Pavel is very careful in his statements, he never talks about himself, he describes only situations).

EM. Okay, let's use general examples, if possible, and real stories.

P. A stolen phone cannot be found, and it is impossible to prove that you stole it. Here you go down the street, find the phone. Did you steal it? Answer.

EM. No, he was lying on the street.

P. The thief finds the phone in your pocket, and if you don't grab his hand the moment he pulls out the phone, you can't prove anything. The wallet is worse, which is why many thieves like to seize phones. Less hassle - I threw out the SIM card, sold it on a tray or in a car next to the metro. You will get 15 percent of the real price, but with a phone price of 500-600 dollars, this is delicious. And there are no problems with the police, because the phone is “found”, what I want, I do with it.

EM. Hmmm, but it’s difficult to “find” a phone this way, you have to get into your pocket or bag, or on a person’s belt. Why won't he pay attention?

P. Will not turn. People live in their little worlds and ignore rude people. Stumble in the street and don't grab the person's arm too hard. He will resent this, but not check his pockets. And the phone has already changed hands. This scheme works, the main thing is not to abuse it in one place. It is even more fun in transport, there is a crush.

EM. How many phones can be "found" in the same area?

P. In an hour, a trained person is able to take from one to a dozen phones. It's not pocket-friendly. You need to choose a person, look at his phone, clothes, behavior. It's better not to mess with anyone. If you work alone, then you can’t take more than one phone, no one will believe that you were lucky to find many phones at once. It is necessary to give the seized to a friend so that he stores everything in a car or in a bag. It is better to sell phones in another area of ​​the city, then the opportunity to see them on the tray with the owners disappears.

EM. Often caught stealing mobile phones?

P. Never heard of such a thing. Sometimes they agree that someone takes it upon themselves in exchange for absolution under other articles. But that rarely happens. No robbery, no one remembers you. It is impossible to prove the fact of theft, there is the fact of losing the phone.

EM. Calling stolen phones?

P. Rogues from gop-stop companies are calling. The Moldovans are calling. Serious people throw away the SIM card, case, laces, everything by which you can quickly identify the phone.

EM. How is the victim chosen? Why this person and not another?

P. They look at the phone, it is profitable to take expensive, new models. There are many of them, everyone talks on the street, then they put the phone in their pockets. Worst of all, when the phone is in the front pocket of the trousers on the right. And here you can do a lot, but it's better not to risk it. The easiest way to get out of the back pockets, outerwear, from the laces. The person does not notice anything.

EM. What is the maximum amount you heard of stealing phones from passers-by a day?

P. A friend of mine (smiling slyly) once found a Nokia 8800 and more than one. During the day, he was lucky to find 8 devices. Dealers for them gave more than 1500 USD. If you burn at work, then you can consistently receive 500-600 dollars, no less.

EM. Should I share this money with someone?

P. With whom? When you find something on the street, do you share it? No need. This is a craft.

EM. Is this type of income dangerous? Are there hidden threats?

P. It is necessary to understand people, and then it is no more dangerous than any other job. The main thing is to understand people and who is who.

EM. Would you steal my phone?

P. I never take someone else's. If I found your phone, I would call you and return it for a fee. Everything is fair.

EM. Do you have a preference for phone brands?

P. Certainly. I like Nokia, Sony Ericsson phones. I don't like other brands as much.

How long?!

Which of our officials should have their phone stolen so that there are legislative initiatives aimed at combating this phenomenon? Do not know. But everything that is happening today is reminiscent of an active transfusion from empty to empty. The number of mobile phone thefts is growing at an unparalleled rate of growth in the market for these phones. Those who put such a “business” on stream feel impunity, since there is no real threat to their well-being. We want to tell you as much as possible about this problem, soon there will be an article about the used phones market, about how devices appear on it. If you have interesting information, you can tell examples from your life, then you are welcome to our forum. Thanks in advance.

An interview with a thief. Mobile phone theft

There are materials that do not leave the walls of the editorial office, remain dictaphone records, sketches in notebooks, unrealized plots. Sometimes topics pop up and seem to be calling, another piece is added to the mosaic, the picture becomes more voluminous, more realistic. The idea of ​​a material about the theft of mobile phones has been ripe for a long time. At first, there were several informal meetings with criminal investigation officers, who shrugged their shoulders and complained that they couldn’t say anything on the record and with names, and didn’t want to. They do not need excessive popularity, there are no campaigns to combat the theft of phones. The maximum that the Ministry of Internal Affairs can do today is to maintain its own database of IMEI numbers. It contains all the phones that were stolen, and whose owners insisted on accepting the application. As representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs themselves say, the search for stolen phones is technically simple, but it leads not to thieves, but to resellers or end buyers. In cases of ordinary theft of a phone from an average citizen, the search for such a device is unprofitable. This is a big burden for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in fact, the police act as a good offices agency, returning the device and remaining with nothing in the form of an open criminal case, since the thieves were not caught.

The technical side of the issue is uncomplicated to disgrace. To find a stolen phone, it is enough to make requests to the main operators and indicate the IMEI number, then the operators will tell you which SIM cards the device was used with and to whom, to whose passport data they are registered. Then the phone is seized from the current owner, and this is where the story ends. Sometimes the question arises that the SIM card is registered to the "left" passport data, or the "owner" of the number does not even know about it. It happens that way too. Despite the assurances of operators that it is impossible to buy a SIM card without presenting a passport, this is far from being the case. For the purpose of the experiment, your obedient servant walked through several salons along Leninsky Prospekt. The result resulted in the purchase of 7 contracts with filling in all the data “from memory”. They refused only in one place, and then in the salon of the same network, next to pleasure, they registered a contract for Dmitry Medvedev. Having caught the mood, he filled out a contract for Vyacheslav Malezhik, and the consultant's reaction was zero. To take a chance and ask to enter Dima Bilan, who, apparently, is better known to the consultant, could not, abstained.

From the point of view of the operator, such SIM-cards do not present problems exactly until the moment when they are paid and spoken about. It is practically impossible to isolate "fake" contracts from the general mass, and operators do not do this, they do not have such a task. So you would look for subscribers who pay money and have no claims, as well as rights? Finding a phone with such a “left” SIM card is already more difficult. But there are no impossible tasks, and by analyzing incoming / outgoing calls, viewing which devices used other SIM cards, it is quite possible to find the individuals behind a particular device. But this is a wild headache, a lot of effort. As part of the theft of an ordinary phone, no one will do this. But in high-profile criminal cases, such actions are justified.

It turns out a vicious circle. On the one hand, it is unprofitable for the police to accept applications for the theft of mobile phones, since it is impossible to close such cases correctly. On the other hand, operators are also not interested in searching for such phones, in any case they will make calls, including to the phones of this operator. The victims are the only party that cries out for revenge, compensation for damage, but is not ready to defend their rights to the end. The ordeal in the police, where under any pretext they do not accept applications, results in a refusal of them. Who wins? It's easy to guess that the winners are the thieves, for whom mobile phones, literally and figuratively, have turned into a gold mine.

The second part of the Marleson ballet

How to find someone who steals mobile phones? To place an ad on the pages of the site? In newspapers? Imagine the comedy of the announcement: “Wanted for a professional who steals mobile phones. An interview is required. Urgently". The task is not easy, and without communication with such characters, the picture did not develop. The arguments of the police were clear and understandable, but the criminal component remained overboard.

The same operatives saved my lamentations. Watch the “Duty Unit”, where day after day they show how patrols in hot pursuit catch those who trade in robbery on the streets, including stealing phones. But I was not interested in such cases, they were, judging by anonymous on television notes, episodic in nature, the detainees shown did not have a shade of intelligence and clearly went for it without being prepared. With the same success, they took away not only phones, but also bags, wallets, purses, while using force and threats. This is a large layer of similar cases, but they are understandable and explainable, just like thefts in the subway.

All the same operatives saved me from my wailing. Watch the “Duty Unit”, where day after day they show how patrols in hot pursuit catch those who trade in robbery on the streets, including stealing phones. But I was not interested in such cases, they were, judging by anonymous anonymous according to television notes, episodic in nature, the detainees shown did not have a shade of intelligence and clearly went for it without being prepared. With the same success, they took away not only phones, but also bags, wallets, purses, while using force and threats. This is a large layer of similar cases, but they are understandable and explainable, just like thefts in the subway.

This is the second place I was sent to, by the way. To the linear police station on the subway. In the subway, devices are often snatched out just before the doors close. Look, for example, you are in your communicator, enjoying a movie or a book, and then out of nowhere a hand, and the device is pulled out. A couple of years ago I had a similar story. Before May 9, when there were few residents in the city and full of police and military, one such comrade tried to jump out with my phone. I was sitting and playing marbles, and this figure leaned over and grabbed the Sony Ericsson P900i. But I didn't give it away. Moreover, I mistook this person for an acquaintance and thought, what a stupid joke. However, the next moment a friend jumped out of the car. There were several people standing along the road, none of them tried to stop him. This is indicative, do not count on others to intervene and help you, most likely this will not happen.

Professional pluckers prefer not to work so rough, and even more so in the subway. There are no problems, there are cameras at all stations and entrances, in the cars. If they work, then only in a group and at rush hour, in the crowd. Although the police honestly admitted that it is difficult to catch those who snatch phones from passengers. If these are isolated cases, then the chances of detecting and catching a thief are small. People are reluctant to apply.

In 2006, several research companies conducted surveys on how the number of reported phone thefts compared to actual thefts. The ratio turned out to be deadly, one to five. That is, for one application there are five cases when the phone is stolen, but the owner waved his hand at it. But even if only official statistics are taken into account, we will get disappointing figures. The Ministry of Internal Affairs believes that every fifth criminal offense today is connected with mobile phones. In 2006, 250,000 stolen phones were registered; in 2007, their number almost reached 350,000. Remembering the ratio of one to five, we can assume that the market for stolen phones is at least 1.5 million phones a year. In monetary terms, this is about 300 million US dollars. Attractive figure, isn't it?

How do owners' phones disappear? The statistics of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Nizhny Novgorod region for 2007 are indicative; they are quite applicable to other regions as well. Of the 1,700 crimes, about 60 percent were thefts, 25% were robberies, and the rest were fraud cases.

Legal trials

Russia is not the first country to face a wave of mobile phone thefts. There were other countries before us, for example, Germany, Australia, Great Britain. The reaction of the legislature in these countries was much more prompt. In a short time, back in 2003-2005, laws were passed to combat phone theft. Operators were obliged to keep "black" lists of phones. Procedures were developed to search for stolen devices, which made it possible to successfully locate them. In parallel, laws were passed criminalizing changing IMEI phone numbers, since in 90 percent of cases such a procedure is needed only to hide a stolen device.

In one form or another, the problem of mobile phone theft has been actively discussed since 2003. At different levels, officials demand that effective measures be taken, but things are still there. In September 2005, I managed to attend a meeting of the Moscow City Duma, where this topic was discussed. The topic sounded like "On the suppression of illegal circulation of mobile communications in the secondary market." In short, the impressions of this meeting can be described as positive. Different people said the right things, following the results of the meeting they formed a legislative initiative and amendments to the “Law on Communications”, as well as the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. On the one hand, the operators had to assist in the search for stolen phones at their own expense and provide all possible assistance to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on the other hand, the punishment for such thefts increased to 6 years in prison. We also did not forget about changing the IMEI number. But that initiative remained the same. In general, such discussions took place very often, if not constantly. The topic of mobile phone theft pops up every day, but it has evolved from being a serious problem, which it is, into a commonplace. Everyone knows about it, but they can't do anything. Lacks determination. And the operators are not interested in this topic, since they do not suffer in any way, but compliance with the new laws will fall on their shoulders. So all the bills are torpedoed from year to year, and people who are able to insist on them do not appear.

In this regard, such a Beeline project as "Mobile Literacy" is very appropriate. The company held a session on mobile scams, mostly related to the theft or extortion of prepaid card data. After all, subscribers of operators suffer from this kind of activity, and the negative, voluntarily or involuntarily, is projected onto companies as well. But within the framework of the problem, the theft of mobile phones takes a more significant place, and not a word about it. There are no interested parties among the operators, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs cannot fight their passivity without the support of the legislature.

Conversation with the thief

If someone thinks that operatives are callous people, don't believe it, it depends on your attitude towards them. Forgetting his inclinations to dig up material for an article about phone thefts, he lived quietly and continued to work. A few months later, an unknown number calls, and one of the operatives says that there is a unique opportunity to meet and talk with a professional thief, who also deals with mobile phones. To refuse such luck is stupid, and I rush headlong to the police station through all of Moscow. To put all the points in this story, I immediately admit that the conversation took place anonymously, my counterpart was detained not for stealing a phone, but for a different offense. He agreed to talk about phones regardless of himself, and, apparently, this allowed him to brighten up the time.

Pasha, let's call him that for simplicity, at the age of 35-40, decently dressed, does not stand out from the Moscow crowd, it is easy to recognize a middle-class manager in him. A well-delivered speech, the general impression of an intelligent person, moderately well-read. In thirty minutes I manage to ask only the most basic and then on top, then they take him away.

EM. Could you tell us why mobile phones are so profitable to steal?

P. From the newspapers I know what is profitable. I can only guess based on general experience (hereinafter, Pavel is very careful in his statements, he never talks about himself, he describes only situations).

EM. Okay, let's use general examples, if possible, and real stories.

P. A stolen phone cannot be found, and it is impossible to prove that you stole it. Here you go down the street, find the phone. Did you steal it? Answer.

EM. No, he was lying on the street.

P. The thief finds the phone in your pocket, and if you don't grab his hand the moment he pulls out the phone, you can't prove anything. The wallet is worse, which is why many thieves like to seize phones. Less hassle - I threw out the SIM card, sold it on a tray or in a car next to the metro. You will get 15 percent of the real price, but with a phone price of 500-600 dollars, this is delicious. And there are no problems with the police, because the phone is “found”, what I want, I do with it.

EM. Hmmm, but it’s difficult to “find” a phone this way, you have to get into your pocket or bag, or on a person’s belt. Why won't he pay attention?

P. Will not turn. People live in their little worlds and ignore rude people. Stumble in the street and don't grab the person's arm too hard. He will resent this, but not check his pockets. And the phone has already changed hands. This scheme works, the main thing is not to abuse it in one place. It is even more fun in transport, there is a crush.

EM. How many phones can be "found" in the same area?

P. In an hour, a trained person is able to take from one to a dozen phones. It's not pocket-friendly. You need to choose a person, look at his phone, clothes, behavior. It's better not to mess with anyone. If you work alone, then you can’t take more than one phone, no one will believe that you were lucky to find many phones at once. It is necessary to give the seized to a friend so that he stores everything in a car or in a bag. It is better to sell phones in another area of ​​the city, then the opportunity to see them on the tray with the owners disappears.

EM. Often caught stealing mobile phones?

P. Never heard of such a thing. Sometimes they agree that someone takes it upon themselves in exchange for absolution under other articles. But that rarely happens. No robbery, no one remembers you. It is impossible to prove the fact of theft, there is the fact of losing the phone.

EM. Calling stolen phones?

P. Rogues from gop-stop companies are calling. The Moldovans are calling. Serious people throw away the SIM card, case, laces, everything by which you can quickly identify the phone.

EM. How is the victim chosen? Why this person and not another?

P. They look at the phone, it is profitable to take expensive, new models. There are many of them, everyone talks on the street, then they put the phone in their pockets. Worst of all, when the phone is in the front pocket of the trousers on the right. And here you can do a lot, but it's better not to risk it. The easiest way to get out of the back pockets, outerwear, from the laces. The person does not notice anything.

EM. What is the maximum amount you heard of stealing phones from passers-by on the day?

P. A friend of mine (smiling slyly) once found a Nokia 8800 and more than one. During the day, he was lucky to find 8 devices. Dealers for them gave more than 1500 USD. If you burn at work, then you can consistently receive 500-600 dollars, no less.

EM. Should I share this money with someone?

P. With whom? When you find something on the street, do you share it? No need. This is a craft.

EM. Is this type of income dangerous? Are there hidden threats?

P. It is necessary to understand people, and then it is no more dangerous than any other job. The main thing is to understand people and who is who.

EM. Would you steal my phone?

P. I never take someone else's. If I found your phone, I would call you and return it for a fee. Everything is fair.

EM. Do you have a preference for phone brands?

P. Certainly. I like Nokia, Sony Ericsson phones. I don't like other brands as much.

How long?!

Which of our officials should have their phone stolen so that there are legislative initiatives aimed at combating this phenomenon? Do not know. But everything that is happening today is reminiscent of an active transfusion from empty to empty. The number of mobile phone thefts is growing at an unparalleled rate of growth in the market for these phones. Those who put such a “business” on stream feel impunity, since there is no real threat to their well-being. We want to tell you as much as possible about this problem, soon there will be an article about the used phones market, about how devices appear on it. If you have interesting information, you can tell examples from your life, then you are welcome to our forum. Thanks in advance.