The cyber police has warned people not to fall prey to a racket which siphons off the money by obtaining bank account details on the pretext of issuing an eSIM card. The fraudsters are cheating people by sending text messages offering eSIMs in the name of a mobile service provider company, said an official of Cyber.

eSIM fraud: How it happens

– Some mobile service providers have introduced eSIM- enabled mobile phones which do not require a physical SIM card.

– They have a small chip inside the phone and the information on this eSIM is rewritable so the customer can change the operator easily.

-Taking advantage of this, fraudsters are sending messages to customers, offering to provide eSIM.

– The messages, ostensibly sent from customer care cell of the mobile service provider, ask the customers to click on a link and fill a form.

– The form seeks details of the person’s bank account.

– Once this form is sent, the fraudsters use these details, activate the eSIM, and withdraw money from the bank account

eSIM fraud: How to stay safe?

People should never reveal bank account details with anyone.