Orland police say ID theft cases involving smartphone purchases on …

While lots of people may be hoping to unwrap the latest smartphone this holiday season, Orland Park police say two people recently allegedly tried to buy five of the devices using fraudulent cellular phone accounts.

Police said Monday they have seen an increase in identity theft cases involving smartphone purchases by people using hijacked or fraudulently created ATT wireless accounts.

In the last 18 months, police said, 30 of the department’s 34 identity theft-related arrests or investigations involved the attempted fraudulent purchase of a smartphone using such an account, and most times the suspects had unlawfully placed themselves on an existing account without the account holder’s permission or knowledge.

Recently, police said, officers responded to the Apple Store in Orland Square Mall for a suspected fraudulent purchase involving five iPhone 8 Plus phones.

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