Oct 14, 2019

Food writer Jack Monroe 'loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack'

Jack Monroe says she has lost about £5,000 after her phone number was hijacked and re-activated on another Sim card. Ms Monroe tweeted she was "White-hot angry" and had been told although she should get her phone number back soon, the money "Will take longer to recover". Simjacking, also known as Simswapping, is when criminals port a phone number over to a new Sim card, which they can then use as if it was their own. Sometimes individuals working for mobile operators or phone shops can be bribed into making the switch. Increasingly, banks and other services will use a text message to send a code as an extra layer of security to a registered phone number before allowing access to an account.

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