4G to 5G SIM upgrade scam? Here’s what you need to know

With the rollout of 5G in some parts of the country, scammers have found a new way to scam people. According to a recent Check Point Software report, scammers posing as Vodafone, Airtel or Jio customer service representatives offer unsuspecting customers assistance in upgrading their 4G SIMs to 5G.

The new phishing method works by sending customers phishing links asking them to enter personal or sensitive information, such as bank passwords or OTPs, and withdraw funds from their accounts. A few days ago, Mumbai police also informed their supporters of a scam where the scammers were demanding money under the guise of helping them upgrade to a 5G SIM card.

Keep in mind that most companies are upgrading existing SIM cards to 5G. You DO NOT need to swap your SIM card to get 5G connectivity. For those wondering when their phone will get the required 5G software support, you can read our in-depth article on it.

Similar tweets were shared by Pune, Hyderabad and Gurugram police twitter accounts. Authorities across the country have urged citizens not to give out personal or banking information or OTPs to telemarketers as it could drain their bank accounts.

As such scams become more popular, Check Point Software recommends users to set strong passwords, enable two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security, check for signs of phishing, and keep their software up to date with the latest security patches .

Check Point’s Threat Intelligence report also notes that Indian companies have been attacked 1,742 times per week over the past six months, compared to the global average of 1,167 attacks.

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