Fraud SIM Swap Leaves Unique Mobile Number Owner Ported-Out Without his Knowledge
The unique mobile number was sold for Rs 30,000 and the real owner was ported-out without receiving any notification.
In a fraud case of SIM Swap, an Airtel subscriber was shocked when his unique mobile number was ported out and sold without being notified. During a trip to Leh and Ladakh, Navin Raghuvanshi couldn’t get a proper connection. Assuming that he was in a bad reception area, he ignored the issue. But when he noticed that his phone was not registering to the mobile network post his return to his home in Indore, that was when he figured that things were out of place.
According to telecom dealers and experts, this SIM swap can be done when someone who has access to documents required for a SIM swap goes to a dealer and asks for a new SIM. He is probably aware that the owner of the SIM is at a location where network is poor hence will not get a SIM change notification from the operator. There is also a probability that the SIM owner gets a notification but he ignores it or simply does not respond to the SIM change SMS from the operator. When there is no response, the SIM change happens automatically.
To prevent such fraud SIM swaps, it is advised that you check emails and SMS from your network provider regularly. In case you find a message which seems suspicious, it is best to get in touch with the customer care and get your query solved. Make sure you don’t give away any important information like OTPs, PINs and most importantly, any documents. Don’t give documents to unauthorised persons or persons you don’t know.
SOURCE – NEWS18