Seven cases were confirmed in Richmond and one case in Everett. One T-Mobile customer said thieves nearly got their hands on all the money in her bank account. The woman recalls that scammers stole her number and cut her off.
Still, the scam does not affect only T-Mobile users. Authorities said that everyone is at risk if they have no second method of protection such as a passcode.
The woman who nearly got scammed said she knew something was wrong when T-Mobile texted her about a change in the service. She said to herself that she didn’t authorize any changes so it must be something wrong.
Scammers Nearly Emptied Out Washington Woman’s Bank Account
She tried to get to the bottom of the issue via the customer service but with little success. In the end, she was able to bring back the mobile service. She was immediately prompted by her bank that somebody withdrew $1,920 from her bank account.
It was $1,920 and I had $1,930 in the account,
the woman said.
Thieves left her with only $10 in her account. Fortunately, she was able to convince the bank to freeze the money transfer before it reached thieves’ pockets. Redmond police said the first scam of this type happened in December.
The police warn that scammers can get your personal data like social security number, name, or phone number. If they get the number, they can port it to a Metro PCS handset. When that happens, the victim’s mobile service no longer works as their phone number is attached to the thieves’ Metro PCS phone.
The next step is contacting the mobile phone user’s bank and ask for a password reset of their online account. The bank will send a verification code to the victim’s number which grants thieves full access to the bank account.
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