Two Bronx Men Arrested for Online Cell Phone Scam, According to Suffolk Authorities

Michael Atta, 28, and Justice Asare, 40, both of Bronx, purchased cell phones online using someone else’s name and Social Security number, cop say.

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SCPD arrested (L to R) Michael Atta, 28, and Justice Asare, 40, both of Bronx, for an online cell phone scam.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Suffolk County, NY - May 3, 2018 - Suffolk County Police arrested two men in connection with an online cell phone scam.
Police were contacted by Sprint after several cell phones were fraudulently purchased online and scheduled to be delivered in Suffolk County. Identity Theft Unit detectives surveilled the delivery locations, which were vacant homes, and following one of the deliveries arrested two men after they stole a package containing two cell phones that were purchased online using someone else’s name and Social Security number.
Michael Atta, 28, of Bronx, and Justice Asare, 40, of Bronx, were charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree. Atta and Asare were scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
While in this case, the arrestees used vacant homes for their deliveries, the department has received reports of incidents during which people went to occupied homes to pick up packages that they claimed were inadvertently delivered to the wrong location. In some cases, the person at the door will have fake identification using the same name as someone in the home where the package is being delivered. The Suffolk County Police Department is asking people to call 911 if a suspicious person comes to their door seeking a recent delivery.
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