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27 April 2012, 16:00
Seven people from South Yorkshire and one from London have been charged as part of a fraud investigation.
The gang hijacked SIM cards of Vodafone customers and other mobile providers and used their details to call premium rate phone lines at the expense of the phone companies.
The gang made over £3 million from the scheme.
The six men and two women were charged in Sheffield this week and have been bailed to appear before City of London Magistrates on the 8th May.
In July 2010, South Yorkshire Police started this national investigation working with Vodafone after customers accounts were hijacked.
Four men and one woman are from Rotherham, one man is from London, another man’s from Doncaster and one woman is from Sheffield.
The eight people are aged between 22 and 45 years old.