Deutsche Telekom sacks workers running payback scheme scam

German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom said on Wednesday it had sacked a group of employees using the company's payback system to run up bonus points for themselves totalling more than 400,000 euros (450,000 dollars).

Under the scam, about 120 employees added their names to the payback schemes of Telekom customers when they extended or signed a contract, allowing them to accumulate more than 40 million bonus points over the last two years.

Those signing contracts were awarded 5,000 points, which corresponds to 50 euros, the company said.

Most of the employees involved in the scam have now been dismissed, it said.

Last update: Wed, 07/09/2016 - 18:15

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