SWAP”, recently preyed upon a Mumbai based businessman.
bank balance via 6 late night missed calls.
other such cases of “SIM-SWAPPING” have also come to light in the metro cities
of Bengaluru, Delhi, Bombay and Kolkata and the police cyber-cells are working
lack of cyber knowledge or lack of critical thinking, technologically active
people could also easily get drowned in the scam.
people is fairly obvious to other parts of the cyber-world.
a lot of people around the country and has targeted a fair number of “not-so-aware”
mobile phone users, leaving their bank accounts pretty light.
upgraded versions, meaning when they change their 3G cards to 4G they use a
technology called, “SIM SWAP” to register the new SIM card.
cards got switched by nano cards.
SWAP:- WHAT? AND HOW?
a technique of replacing the existing SIM card by a duplicate one.
digit SIM number embarked on the SIM card.
the number or would hack into it on their own.
HAPPENED TO THE VICTIM!
the victim’s 20 digit card number and had set the SIM SWAP process on, in the
the second step of the scamming technique.
left for the fraudulent cons to find is the OTP on the registered mobile number
and behold, the transactions begin!
attack and unawares, mentioned his real password and account ID into a fake
website fabricated by the cons.
hours of 11pm and 2 am. These calls were initiated from 2 separate numbers, one
beginning from +44(UK’s code).
mode. Almost all the money got withdrawn from around 14 bank accounts the man
had across the country, except for the 20 lakhs he somehow managed to recover.
user SIM SWAPS or basically EXCHANGES SIM CARD, all they do is register their
phone number with their new SIM card.
the OTPs could be easily received, opening avenues of online shopping and
ludicrous transactions in the owner’s name.
their passwords or IDs via cell phones.
communication. In actual and legitimate SIM exchanges, the users are connected
to the servers of service providing organizations like Vodafone or Airtel.
codes’ for the SIM Swap process.
SIM card number might fall into wrong hands.
scammer, the victim would fall into immense danger.
pretending to be from Idea or Jio. The caller would then, engage the user by
saying that the call is for improving the call experience.
way to SIM exchange, all the way wanting to extract the 20 digit SIM code.
user with any trickery possible to haul those 20 digits out.
caller would ask them to press 1 or confirm the SIM swap.
extracted the 20 digit SIM code, they were after.
will too use an Airtel SIM to officially go through with the SIM swap.
cell number. Airtel would be sure that the SIM swap has actually happened and
the attacker would have the cell number.
all, whereas the fraudster will have full signals on the SIM and complete
control over the cell number.
switch off the phone, in order to get a window to complete the fraud. Once that’s
done, the user wouldn’t have any idea about it.
number could also be an important credential that you would never want to share
over the phone.
any weird activity is speculated, immediately contact the bank and put a stop to
the questionable transaction.