Orillia OPP is warning about a new scam in the area.
It’s referred to as a Port-out scam or SIMjacking.
Suspects call your cell provider and ask to change your phone number to a different provider. Depending on your verification method, they may only need to know your name, email address, and postal code.
They then transfer the account to a different service provider, accessing your SIM card information. With this, they take over the account and your actual phone.
The scammers would then be able access your PayPal account, changing your passwords to your personal email and make purchases on your credit cards. This all happens in matter of minutes. The suspect does not require you to do anything. The victim does not allow them access in any way, the service provider provides them with the information needed.
You can protect yourself by calling your service provider and asking for a higher level of authentication. Do your research and educate yourself and family members who may not be technology-savvy.