There are increasing cases of cyber thugs vacating the bank accounts in the blink of an eye. With the change in technology, the ways to cheat people have also changed. The newest reports are coming from E-SIM users.
The telecom company brought E-SIM service by changing the technology to sell its product and for the convenience of the people. But, the E-SIM has become a new weapon for cyber thugs to loot people.
In Rajasthan, more than 40 cases of E-SIM fraud have been reported in the last 4 months of this year. Cyber thugs have cheated crores of rupees through E-SIM. Let us learn about fraud with e-SIM and how to avoid it.
What is E-SIM?
Many telecom service operators are offering E-SIM service in expensive mobiles. It is available only in some models of iPhone and One Plus mobiles. An e-SIM facility is provided to save space on mobile. Actually, it is not a SIM but a virtual SIM, which is operated by the software of the mobile itself. You can also issue numbers from the same SIM. It is called an Embedded SIM card. This SIM can be activated on the mobile after filling in the scanner and details of the telecom company. The biggest problem starts with the SIM activation itself.
Cyber fraud by SIM reactivation
According to the cyber experts, “the E-SIM users are easily cheated by the cyber thugs due to lack of technical knowledge. Actually, expensive mobiles have the option of only one physical SIM. For the convenience of the user, an E-SIM service is provided to activate the second SIM. Virtual SIM can be activated from network provider companies like- Airtel, Jio, BSNL, and Vodafone. E-SIM can be turned on and off remotely. After turning off, the QR code is needed to turn on, which is obtained by operator companies. This QR code is sent to the mail id of the customer. Users have to scan this code to get their E-sim started.”
Here’s where the cheating game starts. The fraud is done through a message sent to the E-sim users. Cybercriminals send a normal message to the people from a number that looks like a company. It is told in the message that your E-SIM is going to be disabled and you have to get your KYC updated. The customer is asked to send a message to the company number itself, to get their KYC updated. Reading such a message, people trust cyber thugs. They are asked to send a message to the company number by writing ‘UPDATE’.
Actually, the mobile number in the message belongs to the user, but the e-mail ID belongs to the cyber-criminal. The number on which cyber thugs are called to send messages also belongs to the network company. Now when the user sends the UPDATE message to the company’s number, they get a QR code to the e-mail id.
They are asked to scan the QR code to get updated. As soon as the QR code is scanned, the network disappears from the user’s mobile. Cyber thugs activate a new e-SIM on their mobile in a few minutes. Once the SIM is activated, the access to the bank accounts is also lost and the entire bank balance disappears in a jiffy.
How to stay protected
The user needs to be alert to avoid E-SIM fraud. Do not pay attention if any person makes a call or message by posing as a telecom company representative for KYC or other technical problems.
If you suspect that there is some problem then you may directly contact the company by going to the store. If the network is out of the mobile, contact the company and get information.
If you are sending someone’s message to the company’s number only, then read it well, do not forward it without reading it.
To avoid cyber fraud, the biggest thing that should be kept in mind is that if you use E-SIM, do not get a bank account or financial facility on your E-SIM network. This is because, if a cyber thug tries for an E-SIM fraud even by mistake, they will not be able to access your account.