Attempted sextortion leads to call for stricter phone porting rules

Thomas Daigle reports:

When Randall Baran-Chong received a notification on his smartphone late one night last week indicating the device was no longer in service, it was the first sign of trouble.


In the hours that followed, the 33-year-old Toronto businessman says someone locked down his laptop, purchased an Xbox video game gift card using Baran-Chong’s credit card, accessed his personal files and threatened him with extortion — all because someone was able to steal his cellphone number.

It had been fraudulently “ported” — transferred from his Rogers account to a Bell prepaid customer.

Read more on CBC about how this happened and whether it could happen to you, too.

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