What Is a SIM Swap Scam & How to Stay Protected?
SIM swapping, SIM jacking, or SIM hijacking, popularly known as SIM swap scam. In this scheme, scammers trick cellphone providers to transfer someone’s mobile number into their SIM card. They will use this stolen phone number to access the victim’s online accounts by bypassing the two-step verification security process.
How to stay protected from SIM swap scams — the FBI’s advice
The FBI recommends people take the following precautions to stay protected from SIM swapping scams:
- Never post information about your financial assets (including cryptocurrency) anywhere on the internet.
- If you receive a phone call from someone requesting information relating to your mobile phone number or cell phone provider account, do not give it. If you believe the call may be from your cell phone provider, contact its customer service department directly.
- Avoid sharing personal information (including your mobile phone number) online.
To know more about how SIM SWAP works and more recommendations, read this article.
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