Aided by local mobile dealers, intrepid thieves are wiping out a stolen handset's memory and its 15-digit IMEI, replacing it with the IMEI of a low-budget or
Their tool of choice: a software called 'flash programming'. This software is used to wipe out the mobile memory known to the device and its IMEI number. For the thieves, the cost of the 'new phone', that cannot be tracked, comes to around
A police officer said that till now gangs would steal mobile phones and keep them switched off for at least six months before reselling them. Or, they would sell them to local mobile phone shops that would use the stolen phone's spare parts to repair similar models.
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Dhumal said that people should take care of their mobile handsets, especially while travelling in trains. "In 2013, in the jurisdiction of the Kurla railway police alone, there are 3,000 stolen phones that have not been traced yet."
Shah said that there are other parameters for tracing smartphones, apart from the IMEI number. "Every phone whether it is an Android, Windows or IOS phone has its own unique identity, which can be tracked even if the IMEI number has been tampered with. We are working in this regard and will help the authorities if need be."
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