Cingular Wireless Fights Back Against Cell Phone Record Websites, Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Companies Involved in Theft and Sale of Cell Phone Records

Jan 13, 2006, 00:00 ET from Cingular Wireless

    ATLANTA, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless has succeeded in the
 first round of a court fight against websites that offer cell phone records
 for sale.
     Cingular today obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from the U.S.
 District Court in Atlanta, GA, against two companies, Data Find Solutions,
 Inc. and 1st Source Information Specialists, Inc. Several weeks ago, Cingular
 filed a civil lawsuit alleging that these companies unlawfully obtained and
 disseminated Cingular customer records. The court has now granted Cingular's
 request for a Temporary Restraining Order in order to halt these companies'
 ability to obtain and sell Cingular customer records.
     Cingular believes that Data Find Solutions, Inc. previously owned and
 operated several websites that advertise the sale of phone records, including and, and that 1st Source
 Information Specialists, Inc. currently owns and operates these websites.
 Cingular's lawsuit charges that these companies or their representatives
 obtained customer records through fraudulent means, such as by posing as
 customers seeking information about their own accounts.
     "Cingular will not tolerate the theft of customer records," said Joaquin
 Carbonell, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cingular Wireless.
 "We plan to continue fighting cell phone record theft on a number of fronts,
 including working with law enforcement and policymakers to crack down on
 websites that offer cell phone records for sale."
     Cingular noted that the company has a variety of safeguards in place to
 protect against unauthorized access to customer information, and the company
 continues to evaluate and enhance these safeguards. In addition, consumers who
 wish to better protect themselves should follow standard practices to prevent
 identity theft, such as adding a password to their account, guarding their
 password and other personal information, and shredding invoices and account
 information before discarding these documents.
     About Cingular Wireless
     Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States,
 serving 52.3 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc.,
 formerly SBC Communications Inc., (NYSE:   T), and BellSouth Corporation
 (NYSE:   BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation --
 the ALLOVER(SM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any
 national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer
 Rollover(SM), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly
 minutes. Details of the company are available at Get
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