Digital warfare: ‘SIM swap’ attack leaves families vulnerable, homes and digital lives compromised

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A whole family had their smartphones taken over! Yep, even their banking apps got hacked. And guess what? It’s been more than four months, and they’re still trying to fix it.

So, they had this one account linked to five phones. And one fine day, all five phones were shut down. Imagine that!

This guy named Mike, who lives near Chicago, said they went into SOS mode. That means no calls or texts. Scary, right?

Mike didn’t wanna share his last name or where he lives exactly. He’s afraid the scammers might come back.

Now, Mike and his wife can’t even log into their Amazon or social media accounts. It’s a mess!

They found weird apps on her phone that she didn’t install. And her contact list? Totally messed up! They added new ones and changed numbers.

And guess what else? They can’t get into their investment apps like RobinHood or Coinbase. They had around ₹1,200 there! Plus, they lost ₹2,000 in Apple Cash and gift cards.

The scammers even tried bank transfers! Luckily, they stopped it in time.

Now, they can’t use two-factor authentication. Mike’s wife can’t even get into her email!

It’s like the scammers took over their whole lives. They even had access to their garage door code!

Mike’s not happy with Cricket Wireless. They couldn’t help at all!

Cricket says it’s something called a SIM swap scam. Basically, the scammers get your phone info and move it to their phone.

But Mike says it’s not his fault! He didn’t give anyone his PIN. No way!

Experts say scammers can get info from the dark web. So, change your PIN often and keep it secret!

Cricket’s trying to improve security. But for Mike and his family, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions.

Experts also say, be careful what you share online. Scammers can use that info against you!

And guess what? They’re trying to get back into their investment accounts. Let’s hope they find their money!

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