[Ads-l] burner account

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 20 20:34:05 UTC 2017

This is a great find. The term “burner phone” appears in quotes only in the article title and isn’t explained anywhere in the WSJ article, though the context gives a vague idea of the meaning.

The article also quotes a form that says “prepaid phones, pay as you go, burner, etc.”, making fine distinctions, though surely “burner” is in a different sort of category from prepaid/pay-as-you-go phones.


> On 20 Sep 2017, at 09:15, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> This seems a pertinent article from today's news:
> ‘Burner Phone’ Accusation Marks New Chapter in Ole Miss Scandal
> https://www.wsj.com/articles/burner-phone-accusation-marks-new-chapter-in-ole-miss-scandal-1505832124
> The article distinguishes between a "university-issued phone" and an
> "unreported burner phone"
> Also, this:
> "The new accusations began when Mars notified the school in July that he
> had evidence about alleged misuse of burner phones in recruiting. He
> alleged that coaches purchased phones with cash, sometimes at out of state
> locations or using fictitious names, that they used to conceal
> “communications with prospects that were prohibited by the NCAA’s rules.”
> In some instances, Mars wrote, third parties bought the burners and then
> gave them to coaches. It also alleges the coaches instructed recruits not
> to put their names with these numbers in the contacts sections of their
> phone."
> DanG
> On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> It strikes me that one similarity between the burner phone and the burner
>>> device is the inability to connect the phone or device to the user.
>> ​No, this is not the usage I know. The burner phones/devices that are
>> issued by companies to their employees are perfectly connected to both the
>> company and the employee. They just don't have any confidential information
>> on them, and the employee has their "real" phone/device elsewhere in a safe
>> place, so if the burner device/phone gets confiscated, nothing of value is
>> lost.
>> Chris​
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