We believe it is time you discovered what your mobile network operator (MNO) is up to. How they share your locations and sell your data to the highest bidder. How they place paying subscribers on the cheapest, lowest quality lines to boost revenues. How they put your information at risk by using outdated systems and charge massive margins to bolster profits. How they lobby politicians to influence laws, keep customers confused by overcomplicated contracts and have unguarded access to every move you make, call you take and message you send.

That’s why we’ve curated this list of articles on telecoms fraud, privacy & data scandals, and corruption so you can start to see the extent to which your current mobile network operator is taking advantage of its customers.

Brace yourself, because this goes deep.


Data Privacy & Security


T-Mobile data leak exposes 2 million customers' data

24th August 2018

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Banks, telcos staff face jail for client data leaks leaks

16th August 2018

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US telcos shamed to stop selling personal data to third parties

20th June 2018

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FCC is investigating a website flaw that exposed mobile phone locations

21st May 2018

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Telcos targeting growth of monetisation of personal data

1st Dec 2017

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Malaysian data breach sees 46 million phone numbers leaked

31st October 2017

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Verizon and AT&T accused of selling your phone number and location to almost anyone

16th Oct 2017

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Personal data of 6 million Verizon customers was leaked

13th July 2017

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The $24 billion data business that telcos don't want to talk about

The global market for telco data as a service (TDaaS) was worth $24.1 billion in 2015, on its way to $79 billion in 2020

26th October 2015

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TalkTalk customer data at risk after cyber-attack on company website

22nd Oct 2015

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Two US telecom companies to pay $3.5 million for data breach

9th July 2015

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Criminals Are Tapping into the Phone Network Backbone to Empty Bank Accounts

31st January 2019

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Facebook was tracking your text message and phone call data.

26th March 2018

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Mobile Fraud


Telecoms industry is losing $17bn to fraud every year

24th Oct 2018

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SIM box fraud

It is estimated that Africa loses up to 150 million US dollars every year to interconnection frauds

28th Feb 2018

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BT bosses hid £530m Italian fraud scandal for a year after three employees raised alarm

30th Mar 2017

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Missing Trader Fraud

In a telecom VAT scam known as “missing trader” fraud, gangs exploit gaps in Europe’s VAT system at an estimated cost to the UK exchequer of £500m-£1bn a year

24th Jan 2016

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Lycamobile suspected of money laundering and VAT fraud

One of largest donors to tory party, Lycamobile were accused of VAT fraud when video footage of large cash drops emerged.

20th Jun 2016

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Corruption & Immorality


U.S. Investigating AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

20th April 2018

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Revealed: how Vodafone allowed elites to reap profits of Africa’s mobile boom

12th Nov 2017

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Swedish telecom firm Telia to pay corruption fine of nearly $1 bn

22nd Sep 2017

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Missed Calls (Wangiri)

Warning! Don’t return that international call‚ lest you get caught in the latest phone scam

16th October 2018

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'Wangiri' scam on the rise leaving victims with hefty phone bills

28th Feb 2018

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Extra Charging

EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

16th November 2018

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Mobile phone firms could be forced to switch customer contracts

26th Sep 2018

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UK mobile phone firms overcharging customers after contracts expire

20th Oct 2017

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Claims of international fraud cartel in Safaricom’s Sh450m fine dispute with CA

6th Sep 2018

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False Answer Supervision (FAS)

False Answer Supervision (FAS) occurs when providers terminate calls fraudulently, resulting in the calling party being overcharged for calls, or charged for calls that were never completed.

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