The Sim-Swap Scam is on the rise in Canada. TELUS has a post that covers the scam in detail.
Some takeaway points to be aware of, to prevent yourself in being a victim of this scam
- Guard your phone and number. Have a password set on your phone to lock the phone when its not in use, and avoid sharing out your phone number
- Use Strong Passwords for your online bank accounts. Don’t use a single password thats easy to guess for all your accounts.
- Set up accounts using Multi-Factor-Authentication and avoid using a text based Two-Step-Authentication
- Watch out incase your phone stops working, or if you get a text from your provider that your number is being changed to another provider.
If you have fallen victim to this scam. Please reach out to your local RCMP detachment, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501