Three arrested for fraud with hijacked SIM cards

The police did not report how much cryptocurrency they allegedly looted. The victims come from all over the country. In addition to theft of cryptocurrencies, the three are also suspected of computer breaches and money laundering.

From three new suspects are a 23-year-old man from Heerlen and two 21-year-old men from Stein and Elsloo. At the end of February, three other men were arrested in South Limburg. They worked at provider T-Mobile. There they are said to have ‘moved’ customers’ phone numbers to new SIM cards, which were put in other phones.


This practice is called SIM swapping. Cyber ​​criminals take over the phone number of an unsuspecting person. The victim is then no longer able to call, text or use mobile internet. If that phone number is set up with accounts for, for example, internet banking, as extra security, those accounts can also fall into the wrong hands.

Sim-swapping often happens at night, because people don’t notice that their phone has lost contact with the network and criminals have longer access to their accounts.

Raids in phone shops

After the first arrests, the police raided a telephone shop in Vaals. After the new arrests, a telephone shop in Stein was also searched.

The suspects are trapped in restraints. This means that they are not allowed to have contact with the outside world, but only with their lawyer. The investigation into the criminals continues. Police do not rule out more arrests.


T-Mobile says it has taken measures to combat this form of cybercrime. For example, customers who have lost their SIM card have to go to the store to activate a new one. The identification protocols have also been tightened up.

T-Mobile asks customers to exercise restraint in sharing data on the Internet and to use unique passwords for individual login accounts, with access to an account requiring two-step verification. Even safer is to use special authentication apps that can serve as an alternative to SMS.

Source: RTL Nieuws by

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