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Did a scam on AT&T customers fund terror?

FBI, Philippine police sting nabs accused phone scammers linked to terror groups
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Members of the Philippine National Police stand in front of the Manila International Airport on November 18, 2011. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI and cops in the Philippines claim to have nailed a phone scam crew funneling profits to the terrorist networks.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, four Filipino men are accused by the FBI of hacking into AT&T's phone system and stealing funds.

The FBI insists some of that cash was diverted to Jemaah Islamiyah, an Indonesia-based terror group that once maintained strong ties to al-Qaeda. One of the accused men is believed by the FBI to have funded the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, according to the Inquirer.

The scam, according to the New York Times, racked up $2 million. AT&T maintains none of its lost funds were passed on to customers.