SIM card swap scam
May 18, 2022
An alert is being issued about the theft of your cellphone number. The scam is called a “SIM swap” and the FBI is warning Americans as it sweeps the country.
In 2021, the FBI received more than 1,600 (1,611) SIM swapping complaints, costing victims $68 million.
The Federal Communications Commission considers this scam a type of cellphone fraud, defined as the “unauthorized use, tampering or manipulation of a cellular phone or service.”
Here’s how it works:
A person gets hold of your wireless password through a data breach or phishing scam and then tricks your mobile carrier into s...