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SIM Swapping Scam - How does Verizon Protect us against this?
LouDavis951
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A new type of crime was reported last night on the news called SIM Swapping where an individual calls the mobile retailer such as Verizon and asked to do a SIM swap to another phone.  If successful, they can gain access to any information on that phone including banking information.  Some victims of this crime have had their bank accounts cleaned out.  The only indication that you have that this occurs is your phone has no service.  By the time you call to determine the problem, all your money and personal information can be gone.

What does Verizon do to protect its customers from having this happen, especially since the news story indicated that some of their employees took bribes and sold the information required to do this to the scammers.  I would say if you can't trust the Verizon employees that SIM swapping should only take place in person with two or more forms of picture ID and no longer do it on the phone.  

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Re: SIM Swapping Scam - How does Verizon Protect us against this?
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Your security is our highest priority LouDavis951. I know how scary it can be to view information on the news. I would love to help. I can assure you that Verizon Wireless does have a verification process for our customer's account. You can also get some tips on protecting yourself here: https://www.verizonwireless.com/fraud/ Does this information help you? AmberF_VZW

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bearone21
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you have to prove who you are.

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LouDavis951
Member

Thanks for the reply.  I trust you try to do everything in your power to prevent this with your verification process.  However, the part of the news article that caught my attention was the part where the scammers bribed Verizon employees for the information to accomplish this.  (https://www.foxla.com/news/fox-11-tracks-down-verizon-employee-accused-of-taking-bribes-from-sim-swa...).  I would suggest Verizon take a page from the US Military and how they handle classified materials such as codes.  The Military uses two person integrity.  That is to say it takes two people with seaprate combinations to open the safe, pick up, and transport classified material with a paper trail all through the process.  Maybe a similar system could be put in place so one person could not access this or other vital information and hand it off to a scammer.

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Re: SIM Swapping Scam - How does Verizon Protect us against this?
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

We appreciate the information, LouDavis951, thank you. We will lift up the suggestion. JoeyM_VZW

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