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.

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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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