Media reports on mobile phone account hijacking provide more evidence of this problem.

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.

Following the checklist, I placed a fraud alert and obtained a free credit report.

Identity theft reports to the FTC likely represent only the tip of a much larger iceberg.

According to data from the Identity Theft Supplement to the 2014 National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the U. Department of Justice, less than 1% of identity theft victims reported the theft to the FTC.

She assumed it was a mistake, and told me to take my phones to one of my mobile carrier’s retail stores.

The store replaced my SIM cards and got my phones working again.

A North Carolina church received an AT&T bill for 17 i Phones purchased by an identity thief.

In December 2015, four suspects were charged with using fake identity documents to purchase i Phones at AT&T stores in Kansas.

A few days later I received an email about mobile phone insurance that the thief had apparently added to my account.

After three trips to my carrier’s retail stores and many hours on the phone, my carrier eventually fixed all the problems and refunded the fraudulent charges.

The article reported that thieves used stolen identities to upgrade phones and add phone lines to existing accounts.