How sim-swap victim almost lost P48,000

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2015 03:13 AM | Updated as of Jul 09 2015 12:07 AM

MANILA - A victim of a sim-swap scam has revealed how he almost lost P48,000 through fund transfer.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Ian Caballero narrated the terrifying ordeal he has to go through.

The signal on Caballero's mobile phone went off at random. When he called his mobile network provider's hotline, he was told he requested for a replacement sim.

"Globe told me 'sir, nagprocess ka ng sim replacement,'” Caballero recounted.

He immediately asked to have the new sim blocked.

However, the the blocking did not put a stop to the scam.

After checking his computer, Caballero said he was kicked out from all his online accounts.

"Pagcheck ko ng Outlook, andu'n na kasi lahat ng personal accounts ko, hindi ma-access," Caballero said.

"Tatlong Gmail accounts, hindi ma-access. Napansin ko, Facebook ko, sinipa ako sa iPhone. Tapos biglang, 'oh, shoot, s'ya (phone number) yung recovery option,'" he narrated.

Caballero told ABS-CBN News that the scammer was able to access his email through his mobile number.

Worse, the scammer also got hold of his access to his internet banking account.

According to Caballero, he saw that a request was made to transfer P48,000 from his account to another bank.

Luckily, he was able to recover the money since the transaction has not cleared yet.

Caballero had inquired at the Globe Business Center in SM North Edsa, where the scammer supposedly requested for a replacement sim.

He was told that a man purporting to be authorized by him requested for a replacement sim.

As of posting, the establishment has not provided CCTV footage of the incident.

In a statement, Globe said it will coordinate with authorities in order to help its customers who have fallen victim to cyber fraud and bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to the telecommunications company, it is aware of a spate of cyber fraud in recent weeks that is being shared through social channels.

The company believes that the incidents are are happening at random.

The mobile network provider also said that it will start an education campaign to help protect vulnerable individuals from cyber fraud and encourages its users to take extra precautions in dealing with sensitive personal information.