With Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies finally breaking into the mainstream, it was only a matter of time before hackers and crooks would hit the scene and begin digitally pickpocketing people’s crypto-wallets. This is exactly what happened to a Washington native named Carlos Tapang. He had over $20,000 worth of Bitcoins and OmiseGo tokens stolen from him. In response to the robbery he has decided to sue T-Mobile on claims that they’ve allowed the thieves to rob him.
When it came to nabbing Tapang’s $20,000 the job wasn’t exactly very complicated. The thieves simply called up Tapang’s carrier, T-Mobile using Tapang’s smartphone and inquired if they could port his current number to a different carrier. The representative with T-Mobile complied with the request and the thieves were able to use his new mobile phone to gain access to his crypto-wallets. Once inside they stole approximately $20,350.
According to the claims made by Carlos Tapang, T-Mobile is an oblivious accomplice to a class B felony theft. When it comes to porting out mobile number and porting scams, T-Mobile is no first time offender. In fact this issue has been a topic of concern for quite some time. It has been such a problem in recent years that the company (that is in fact the third largest carrier in the USA) actually has a website dedicated to solving this problem.
Carlos Tapang’s protest in Washington state requires a jury trial to evaluate the damages that have resulted in T-Mobile’s violation of the Federal Communications Act, their carelessness, their breaching the contract between them and Tapang and break Washington’s consumer protection act.
Amidst the breaking new, T-Mobile and their legal team has stayed quiet. They have yet to release a single public statement in reference to the accusations placed against them.