Phone con artist emptied Burnaby woman’s bank account
It all started with stolen mail.
It ended with no money in Sharon’s bank account.
Now Sharon is sharing her story so people will be careful if their mail goes missing.
“I thought some of my mail might have been stolen because a few bills didn’t show up,” said Sharon, who didn’t want her last name used because, well, she is suspicious of her personal information now. âBut I did not react and contacted the source of the invoices. He ended up biting me.
In the spring, Burnaby RCMP reminded residents to be vigilant when disclosing personal information after receiving reports of a scam that would “empty” people’s bank accounts.
Sharon saw this story and contacted him now.
âThat’s exactly what happened to me,â she says. âFortunately, I didn’t have a lot of money in this account. It could have been a lot worse, but my bank account was emptied.
The scam involves the scammer accessing the victim’s name and cell phone number, most often by stealing mail, according to local RCMP.
“The scammer will then call the cell phone provider and impersonate the victim to access their account and transfer the phone number to another SIM card and another phone,” a police press release said. âOnce access is granted, the scammer then downloads a series of the most popular and attractive applications. They will select the “Forgot Password” button on all applications. If an account is associated with your phone number or email address, the scammer will receive a verification code. They will then use this code to confirm account ownership, create their own password, and take over the accounts. “
According to the police, with this information, they can:
- Empty your bank accounts;
- Apply for credit on your behalf, and
- Impersonate you to defraud your entire contact list.
To better protect you against this type of scam, the police offer these tips:
- Do not respond to text messages or emails asking for your personal information;
- Make sure to check your mail regularly;
- If you lose service on your device, immediately contact your service provider by calling them directly;
- Learn about the security features added to your account that would require a secure PIN / verification question before the number is transferred, and
- Report all scams to the police.