The latest to fall victim to the phone hacking scam is a north Delhi lawyer who lost money from his bank account after receiving three missed calls from unknown numbers. The Cyber Unit of the Delhi Police claims that the victim did not pick up the phone or share an OTP. However, the accused was able to get her bank details and all the victim’s private data and was able to take her money from her. The police suspect that it could have been a case of SIM exchange fraud.
An incident involving a trial court and a high court lawyer was reported on October 18, according to an Indian Express report. She reported to the police that she had experienced a significant loss from her bank account. The exact amount she lost was not disclosed by the police.
The 35-year-old lawyer allegedly missed three calls from a particular phone number, according to an officer. The caller said it was a courier call when she called back from another number. The report added that the lawyer then shared her home address with the caller, assuming she was receiving a package from a friend. Although she got a package, she also got two notices from her bank about two withdrawals that she was not aware of. Police have not yet identified the fraudsters or made any arrests in connection with the case.
According to police, the investigation also discovered an “unusual” browsing history that had websites and links listed that were not accessed by the victim. UPI registrations and phishing related SMS were also found which the victim was not aware of. After the money was withdrawn, she also received a call from a man claiming to be an IFSO officer, but the lawyer also did not share any details with him, police confirmed. For those who are not aware, IFSO is the Fusion and Strategic Operations Intelligence Unit (IFSO) of the Delhi Police.
What is a SIM Swap Scam? SIM swapping, as the name suggests, is a way for fraudsters to obtain a SIM card. It is actually identity theft over the internet. Once they gain access, they demand money from the user’s friends and family. They use social media accounts, access online banking and much more. Since many online services and products, including online banking, use OTP-based two-factor authentication, criminals with access to a SIM card can do a lot of damage. For this reason, it is important to maintain vigilance and acquire self-defense skills against this type of cybercrime.
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from SIM fraud. Notify your carrier immediately if your SIM card stops working. You can also use a SIM lock to prevent others from using your SIM card on their smartphone without a password. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid revealing personal information online, especially if it could lead to an easy password hack. It is also advisable to monitor your bank accounts and report any unauthorized transactions.