Delhi lawyer loses Rs 50 lakh in SIM swap scam: What happened and how to stay safe

The latest victim of phone hacking fraud is a lawyer in North Delhi, who lost money from his bank account after three missed calls from unknown numbers. The cyber unit of Delhi Police claims that the victim did not answer the phone or share the OTP. However, the accused was able to get her banking details and all the personal data of the victim and snatch her money. Police suspect that this could be a case of SIM swapping scam.

According to the Indian Express, an incident involving a trial and a High Court lawyer was reported on 18 October report, He told the police that he had suffered huge losses from his bank account. Police did not disclose how much money he lost.

According to an official, the 35-year-old lawyer allegedly missed three calls from a particular phone number. When he called from a different number the caller said it was a courier delivery call. The report said the lawyer shared his home address with the caller because he thought he would be receiving a package from a friend. Although she received a package, she also received two messages from her bank informing her about two withdrawals that she was not aware of. Police have not yet identified the scammers or made any arrests related to the case.

According to police, the investigation also revealed an “abnormal” browser history that listed sites and links that were not accessed by the victim. UPI registrations and phishing-related SMS, which the victim was unaware of, were also found. After deducting the money, she also received a call from a person claiming to be an IFSO officer, but the lawyer did not share any details with her, police confirmed. For those unaware, IFSO is the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police.

What is SIM swapping scam? SIM swapping, as the name suggests, is a way for scammers to obtain SIM cards. This is effectively identity theft on the Internet. Once they gain access, they demand money from the user’s friends and relatives. They access social media accounts, use online banking and more. Since many online services and products, including internet banking, are adopting OTP-based two-factor authentication, criminals with access to SIM cards can cause great harm. For this reason, it is essential to maintain vigilance and acquire self-defense skills against this type of cyber crime.

Here are some steps you can take to stay safe from SIM switch scams. If your SIM stops working, inform your telecom provider immediately. You can also use SIM lock to prevent someone else from using your SIM on your smartphone without the password. As a general rule, you should avoid disclosing any personal information online, especially if it could easily lead to password hacking. It is also advised that you monitor your bank accounts and report any transactions that are not allowed.


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