In 2016, Roberto Sanchez-Ramos was sentenced to 18 months probation for a scheme that attempted to inflate his sales commission at T-Mobile.
In 2017, Sanchez-Ramos was arrested and charged with felony offenses against users of electronic devices after snooping through a customer's phone.
On May 26, a female customer went to T-Mobile to receive help with a technical difficulty. While she was expecting a simple factory reboot, she noticed something was off when she received her phone back. According to The Smoking Gun, the victim:
“[N]oticed her email had been accessed and her sexually explicit video was sent.”
The woman took this privacy violation to the police when she did not recognize the address of the recipient. The police alleged that Sanchez-Ramos, the previously convicted T-Mobile employee, was to blame.
It is unclear why, that even after his first work-related offense, Sanchez-Ramos was welcomed back to T-Mobile.
While this incident does not happen every day, it is important to be proactive about privacy. As technology advances, we tend to put more and more of our personal information into our cellphones. In the case that your phone falls into the wrong hands, you can do your best to ensure that private information remains private. SaferVPN recommends checking out these apps:
- Wickr: Allows users to send messages, files, and videos so private that not even Wickr has access to them
- MyPermissions: Many apps can access and store your personal information, but with MyPermissions, you have control over which sites have access
- Blur for Abine: Helps user generate unique passwords for various accounts, as well as protects against fraud by masking your credit card number
Rather than ascribing blame, take this incident as an opportunity to increase your own privacy settings. Before you send or post anything, keep these ideas in mind:
- No one is truly anonymous on the Internet, therefore nothing is truly private.
- Information spreads quickly. Think before you post.
- The more information you post, the higher your risk of being victim to cyber crimes.
- Increase privacy settings on social media so that information is restricted to only people you know.
- Use different passwords for different outlets.
As for Sanchez-Ramos, he was arrested and charged with offenses against computer users and schemes to defraud.