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Stolen SIM card and $200,000 3G data bill send Tasmanian woman to jail

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Stolen SIM card and $200,000 3G data bill send Tasmanian woman to jail
What is the biggest cellphone bill that you have ever come across? A thousand dollars? Two thousand, maybe? Well, a Tasmanian lady achieved the unthinkable and totaled the astonishing amount of about $200,000 worth of 3G data and phone calls over a period of three months without even knowing what she was really doing.

It all started when Kylie Monks, the protagonist of our story, met a guy on the internet, known only as Freeman, and received a SIM card from him to surf the web with. Little did she know that the SIM card was actually stolen from a power meter and belonged to the local Aurora electric power company. Every single megabyte of traffic was adding $2 to the company's phone bill, which is why only three months later, Aurora received the whopping $193,187.43 in wireless data charges.

Even though she didn't know that the SIM card was stolen, Kylie Monks had to serve her time of six months in The Big House. Kylie admits that besides using the free internet for casual stuff, she also downloaded dozens of movies, which were burned onto CDs and sent over to Mr Freeman. That probably explains where the nearly 100 gigabytes of 3G traffic accumulated from.

The moral of the story? Do not talk to shady fellows online, especially if they are trying to give you free things.

source: The Mercury via Gizmodo

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posted on 03 May 2011, 10:42 2

1. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


"The moral of the story? Do not talk to shady fellows online, especially if they are trying to give you free things" -LMAO

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:13 5

2. Eddie (unregistered)


I think the moral of this story should be we know why were getting screwed on our elec bill, because there paying $2 a MB to cellular companys.

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:28

3. Markman2012 (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 May 2011)


+rep good job

posted on 03 May 2011, 15:10

4. Yo (unregistered)


$2 per MB?!?!? WTF

posted on 03 May 2011, 15:21 1

5. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 202; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Standard pay-per-use with most companies if you don't have a data plan. This chip was in a device that wasn't meant to use much data.

posted on 03 May 2011, 18:38 2

6. theguy (unregistered)


$2/MB isn't bad considering back in the good ol' Palm Treo days it was $0.02/KB which comes to about $20/MB. Imagine having a Droid or iPhone on that pay per use rate. Goodbye arms and legs.

posted on 04 May 2011, 05:29 2

9. daniel_bargs (Posts: 322; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


this is FRAUD. release the girl or ill call the navy seals and let them shot you in the eye and chest just like what happened to rebecca black!

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