The latest cell phone account scam is very creative. Thor Schrock a technology expert and the owner of Schrock Innovations in Omaha and says scammers are either buying or stealing your personal information and buying a cell phone in your name. He says they typically know what carrier the victim is using and they buy the phone from a different service. The scammers are then requesting their old phone number on their new device.
Schrock says, “I can call the cell phone company and have them port your phone number to my handset. Now that I have your phone number, let’s say I want to go in and reset your online banking. Because my handset is now your handset, you don’t even know it is happening until you realize that the grandkids haven’t checked in.”
Schrock says a lot of this information can be gotten through the National Consumer Telecom and Utilities Exchange, or NCTUE. he says you can to to nctue.com and you can put a freeze on the secondary credit reports and prevent others from getting your information. You can also contact other credit rating agencies and request a freeze on your personal information.