Five British men have been jailed for their part in a scam that involved buying their own music from iTunes and Amazon using stolen credit card details. They were part of an 11-strong gang based around the UK, who uploaded songs to Apple and Amazon’s digital music stores, and then earned themselves £500k in royalties by using the credit cards to purchase them. The scam was uncovered by Apple, after it realised it was “paying royalties to what appeared to be utterly unknown artists in the Wolverhampton area at a rate they expect to pay to someone like Madonna”. The scam ran between January 2008 and June 2009. 

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