Criminals attempt to gain ownership of mobile numbers in order to access online accounts such as banking, email, superannuation, and government portals such as MyGov. By taking taking control of a mobile number, criminals can also gain access to SMS codes (two-factor authentication) that we often have sent to our mobiles.
Once a mobile number has been successfully taken over, criminals will receive your text messages, including those containing password resets and verification codes (often referred to two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication codes). This then gives them access to your existing online accounts, with banking and email accounts being major targets.
A typical indicator of an Unauthorised Port or SIM Swap is an SOS message on your mobile phone, indicating a loss of phone coverage or reception. SOS in this instance means that your network provider is no longer providing service to your device. Other common indicators include being locked out of accounts such as Internet banking, emails, social media, or other services that rely on password reset or verification codes.
You may also begin to receive emails welcoming you to your new telecommunications provider, or from financial institutions notifying you of updates to your contact details or other account details. Or you may find that you are no longer able to access your email, banking or other online accounts as the passwords have been changed.
Please Note: If you receive a text from your mobile provider (or another telecommunications provider) that your number is about to be ported, respond immediately to the company who have sent the text as you may be able to stop the port.
For additional support or information, contact IDCARE by submitting a Get Help Form or call 1800 595 160 (Aus) or 0800 121 068 (NZ).
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