It seems the number porting scam is gaining momentum.
A number of people have been hit by the latest wave of number porting used by scammers to get money from family members.
The scammers port costumers' numbers from one service provider to MTN and access their WhatsApp services. They then ask money to be sent to them pretending to be the owner of the phone.
MyBroadband.co.za editor at large Jan Vermeulen says this is not a new scam.
It is an old scam in a new skin. What we know is that the scammers are porting the numbers to MTN.— Jan Vermeulen, Editor at Large - MyBroadband.co.za
Vermeulen says MTN has tried to tighten their number-porting system but were stopped by Cell C.
The reason they are able to port this easily into MTN might not be entirely MTN's fault. About two-three years ago, MTN tried to change how it handled number porting and Cell C took them to the high court and the high court ordered MTN to change its system back.— Jan Vermeulen, Editor at Large - MyBroadband.co.za
There is definitely some kind of identity theft happening here where someone has to provide some Rica information in order to do this.— Jan Vermeulen, Editor at Large - MyBroadband.co.za
My number was ported to @MTNza without my authorization, I'm trying to call them with no luck 😡— Lebohang Phokela (@LeboPhokela) January 7, 2020
This porting of numbers scam is reaching a scary level. And amazing, seems to be happening to a lot of journalists?— Marc Lewis (@MarcLewisZA) January 9, 2020
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