Huge shock as report finds that phone shops are selling stolen mobiles!
This will be incredibly shocking for anyone who has been walking around the world with their eyes closed and their ears covered for the last decade.
The BBC 'received information' that eight stores in London were trading in the black market. Instead of getting the info and saying "well, obviously", they went to the trouble of customising eight handsets so it looked like they'd be snatched by ne'er-do-wells.
Then, instead of someone saying "well, durrr", the BBC sent a researcher posing as a thief to sell the phones, capturing the deed on camera. In what continued to be a total surprise for some blithering dunce from the BBC, they found that the vendor was willing to give tips on how to avoid the police finding out about it all, by throwing away the SIM card, turning off the phone, and all that.
The BBC have also been given a demonstration of how a phone's unique IMEI number can be changed and the phone restored, so it can't be found.
Speaking to the BBC, Grant Roughley of Essential Forensics said: "A phone stolen this morning could be back on the streets by this afternoon, packaged up as a second hand legitimate phone."
Next week: BBC uncover shocking truth about some convenience shops selling singular cigarettes to underage teens before they go to school.
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