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Thieves are targeting something just about all of us have in our pocket or purse – our cell phone. It’s called SIM swap fraud. KPRC 2 Investigates explains how criminals can steal your phone, your personal information, and your money, without ever touching your device. We’re also going to explain what you can do to help make your phone more secure.

Phones can be closed, locked and password protected, but none of that will protect a device from SIM swap fraud. A Jacksonville man, who only wants to be identified by his first name, said he lost control of his phone.

“In the middle of my workday, my phone stopped working out of the blue,” said Matt.

How does SIM swap scam work?

There are various ways a SIM swap scam can work. In Matt’s case, he took his phone to the closest T-Mobile store when it stopped working. Workers popped in a new SIM card and got it working again.

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But in the short time it was inactive, thieves managed to cash checks totaling $30,000 from Matt’s bank account.

“They tried to cash three checks total of $15,000 each,” said Matt. “They were successful in getting two of those checks cashed at two different branches and luckily, on the third branch, one of the tellers had recognized the ID the gentleman was using was a fake ID.”

Special Agent David Ko of the FBI’S Cyber Criminal Squad has investigated several SIM swap…

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