Update: T-Mobile Media Representative says the company was not aware of the Sarah Phillips allegations, currently investigating.
The Sarah Phillips ESPN scandal is getting more intriguing (and more confusing) as the former ESPN gambling columnist is now allegedly being linked to a T-Mobile fraud. Not surprising, her reported partner Nilesh Prasad is also being connected to the latest revealing scam.
Sarah Phillips was fired from ESPN yesterday just hours after Deadspin.com released a report accusing Phillips and Prasad of fraud and extortion.
An email is now circulating the web linking the pair to fraud at a T-Mobile retail store in Corvallis, Oregon, the same town of Oregon State University where Phillips is or was a psychology student.
The email, which was sent by an IBTimes reader, was also sent to other news sites including Blippitt.com.
The anonymous email reassures that Sarah Phillips and Nilesh Prasad are the individuals real names, despite speculation by many that the names are fakes.
According to Deadspin, a source named Chris, from Eugene, Ore. Revealed that Prasad and Phillips first met when Phillips was an eighth grader in middle school, and Prasad was a senior in high school. Deadspin's source revealed that they started dating not long after.
They are both real and extremely shady, the anonymous person revealed in an email to IBTimes. I can tell you where they worked and what illegal activities they were up to before their exploits on Twitter and with ESPN.
The emailing individual claims that both Phillips and Prasad both attended Oregon State University. A search on the University's site reveals that both individuals were students, Phillips studying psychology and Prasad studying general science.
Phillips and Prasad also reportedly worked together at a T-Mobile retail express location in Corvallis, Oregon. According to the source, Nilesh was a store manager at the location while Sarah was an assistant store manager between 2009 and 2010. A call from T-Mobile's media relations has not yet been returned.
While working at the store, Phillips and Prasad reportedly devised a way to get exchange students approved for postpaid accounts with T-Mobile even though they had no social security numbers. They would then use these new credit accounts with T-Mobile to activate the student's phone lines. However, they wouldn't just activate the requested lines, but also extra lines. They would then go onto eBay and sell extra lines with discounted phones at discounted prices if people submitted their personal information. They would activate the new customers using the student credit lines and ship the phones, reveals the anonymous email.
Deadspin reports from two sources that Phillips and Prasad did work at the T-Mobile store in Corvallis, Ore. In regards to the T-Mobile scam, the Deadspin source revealed to them that They found a loop hole, exploited it and ran it till they couldn't keep up.
Deadspin's source as well as the IBTimes anonymous email both state that both Phillips and Prasad were fired at the same time from T-Mobile in 2010.
The T-Mobile follows information revealing that Phillips and Prasad scammed two men, a 19-year-old referred to as Ben, and a 30-something-year-old referred to as Matt.
According to Deadspin, Phillips and Prasad reportedly scammed Ben into handing over the administrator rights to his successful NBA memes Facebook page. Phillips had promised Ben a position at a sports site she had reportedly been working on.
Matt was scammed into contributing $2,100 for advertising for her fake new sports site. Matt told Deadspin that Phillips threatened to have the Los Angeles police department go to his home to collect the money.
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