Latest Cellphone Identity Scam

This link was posted on IRC.

Summary
They phone you with the premise that you have won something but they require you to validate you are owner of the mobile by means of giving them the last dialed number. This is the exact same way that the networks validate you for a sim swap. Once doing they they claim to have lost “their” mobile provide “their” last dialed number and get hold of you a copy of your sim that sends/receives as if it was you.

This loop hole has been in the networks for some time. I wonder why it has taken scammers so long to make use of it….

Although this isn’t limited to banking it could spread over to your subscription services but there is little to no gain from subscribing your number to a R5.00 per week service when they are now fitting the bill.

The same process could be applied to sms electricity purchases the only difference is that the coupon you get back is linked to your pre-paid meter box in your home so the fraudster would not be able to make use of it. Funny that Eskom is more secure then the cellphone networks…

Something to note that this scam only really affects pre-paid users since if you are on a contract they require physical proof you are in fact the owner of the sim card by means of ID or drivers license.

I hope that no one I know is affected by this type of scam and they have the common sense not to believe claims made fraudsters.

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009 General

1 Comment to Latest Cellphone Identity Scam

  1. i hate scams wheter it is offline scam or online scams, there are lots of it these days ;,,

  2. Floating Shelves on December 22nd, 2010