A new trend of cloning SIM cards by giving missed call is on the rise. Reportedly, missed call from numbers starting +92, #90 or #09 are dangerous and can clone your SIM when you call back the number.
According to reports, more than one lakh subscribers have fallen prey to this new telecom menace.
The modus operandi of the SIM cards cloning racket is quite simple. You might get a missed call from a number starting with +92, #90 or #09. The moment, a subscriber calls back on the number, his or her cell phone is cloned.
However, if the subscribers picks up the call before it is dropped then the caller, on the other end, poses as a call center executive verifying the connectivity and call flow. The caller then asks the subscriber to press # 09 or # 90 to call back on his number to make sure the connectivity is seamless.
If your SIM is cloned, you might fall into a big trouble. The crooks behind the racket can misuse your information stored in the phone or external memory (SIM, memory & data cards).
Culprits can use the cloned copy of your SIM to make calls to any number they wish to. This can lead the subscribers to the threat of their connection being used for terror calls.
Telecom operators like BSNL have reportedly issued alerts to all the broadband users. SMS alerts are also being issued to other subscribers.
However, according to IT experts, the crooks can use other combination of numbers as well for making a call. So it is better not to respond to calls received from unusual calling numbers.
It is also advised that important details like bank account, ATM/ Credit/Debit card numbers and passwords should not be stored in the phone memory because one may risk of passing on their vital details to unscrupulous people involved behind such activities.