OK, I understand and agree. It's also one reason why I think downvoting is of limited value.
Suppose he sells 1,000 SIMs before it becomes apparent that he can't deliver any service. Assuming those SIMs cost him zero (probably under $1 including shipping) then he get $30k. Even an astounding 10,000 SIMs would raise only $300k. That hardly seems worth the effort, let alone the risk of serious consequences like jail.I think that Simon's intention is to make money off of the sale of the SIMs with no intention of providing the product that he has promised.
Charges are one thing. Securing a conviction is quite another. Proving intent to defraud as opposed to trying but failing to deliver is difficult. But IANAL.If I started selling tickets to heaven, with the full intention of providing that product but without any research, testing, etc.......something tells me I would end up with criminal charges resembling fraud.