Refurbished BlackBerry Contained NFL Player's Secrets

Verizon gives X-rated photo to new owner
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2010 3:50 PM CDT
Be careful with your BlackBerry.   (PRNewsFoto/Verizon Wireless)

(Newser) – For one New York banker, a refurbished BlackBerry came with a few extras: the secrets of a former NFL player with a torrid personal life. The replacement handset provided by Verizon somehow hadn't been purged of its former owner's information, and so contained an X-rated picture of the footballer's wife, messages from creditors demanding payment, and a trail of correspondences detailing the player's infidelities. The New York Post has seen the emails but isn't disclosing the player's identity.

"If I had all those troubles and a stranger found it on his phone, I'd be very upset," says the banker with the new old phone. But more than that, "what concerns me is all the other confidential, professional information" present on the phone. Verizon says it has strict protocols for wiping all information from refurbished phones and isn't sure what went wrong.

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