On 8/19/19 a hacker gained access to my cricket account somehow. They changed my password then ported my phone number away from my sim card. I do not know how this happened, but i have read that this occurred with other cricket customers. At this point they accessed all my bank accounts and paypal account using text verification and "forgot passwords." They began to transfer money out using the zelle p2p functionality. They also tried to gain access to my email account, but failed. I have had to freeze all online accounts and reset my account numbers.
They only way I was able to recover my phone number was to purchase a new sim card and then have it ported back in. When I explained the situation to cricket customer service no one could explain how this could happen to me or understood what i was referring too.
Again, I have read multiple reports of this happening to other cricket customers.
Order of events. Received text notify change to cricket account. at this point i was locked out of my account. second text arrived at which point I loss cell signal when number was ported over. Hacker then accessed paypal account and removed $500. Hack then tried to enter gmail account. Hacker then entered two bank accounts and removed money via Zelle. This all happened very quickly in less than an hour.
Best answer by BillyM_CricketView original
Sure it's not a breach of "cricket's systems". In the last 4 days, my same phone line has been ported to a different SIM card 4 times. Just like the OP, I have had to purchase new SIM cards every time to regain my number. Every time this has occurred, I've called Customer Care to 'suspend' the line AND reset my PIN code and security question.
Last night, my phone line suddenly disconnected. I've been on the phone trying to regain access to my phone. This morning I went and purchased a new SIM from a Cricket location (my 3rd one) and reset my PIN. No one should have known my PIN, at this point I'm coming up with random numbers that would be hard to guess. Well guess what, only a few hours later my phone was SIM swapped AGAIN.
I called Customer Support and suspended the line again. The CSR on the phone was "shocked" as he didn't understand how this was happening. He gave me two locations where my phone was ported. One in Miramar and one in Miami Gardens. I'm almost positive Cricket has employees who SIM swap for criminals. This HAS to be an inside job as I'm changing my PIN daily and it's still getting bypassed.
PLEASE INVESTIGATE. You are going to get hit with many lawsuits and lose many customers. After getting my phone line stolen on 3 different occasions in the last 5 days, it can only be because of your employees. Your employees are either being tricked by the criminals posing as your customers, or they are accepting bribes. There are plenty of articles online where wireless store employees got arrested for SIM swapping. Cricket, I think you're next to make headlines if you don't do something.
Yes, in my case (which I didn't even mention), the hackers broke into my bank account because they were able to bypass 2-step authentication since they received the verification text and not me. They setup unauthorized Zelle transfers out of my account, one of which was successfully completed.
I have contacted Cricket Wireless via Facebook as suggested. From what I can see, they haven't even read the message. I hate blaming Cricket store employees for this, but I don't see any other reason how my PIN is bypassed (or is known) right after I change it. At this point, I'm hoping police gets to them first before Cricket is able to fire them.
We need a big story to make changes to our security unfortunately, otherwise nothing will get done. Wireless companies should be held to higher standards than banks, because with a simple SIM swap my whole financial life is upside down.
I am having this same exact problem and Cricket's customer support has been jerking me around for the past week. They didn't even give me the option to buy a new SIM card in order to get my phone numbers ported back--which I stated I was willing to do and they just ignored me.
I'm really pissed off. They're too busy denying culpability to actually bother trying to get our phone service back. I have repeated myself over a dozen times stating that I don't care who's at fault, we just want our phone service and numbers back.
Can you help? Or is this another lost cause? I have tried the online chat support and over the phone support numerous times.
Two of our phone numbers that were ported out were for minors. This is becoming a safety concern for my children and major inconvenience for me. The kids used to be able to walk to school, because I knew they had their phones for emergencies. Now I have to leave work to drive them. I'm also concerned about their friends texting them and some nefarious person answering.
I found out what was going on the minute I came home to wifi.
This happened to me as well, same deal, money stolen from bank account via zelle shortly after unauthorized porting scam ...
So far, 15 days waiting on cricket to "investigate" the issue with not even 1 phone call to notify me of what's going on.
I've called *dalily* for 15 days straight.... no answers, no help, NOTHING yet.
I'm .001 seconds away from switching carriers because of their lack of customer care.
The exact same thing happened to me 15 days ago.
Cricket has been "investigating" it for 15 days, not even 1 phone call to let me know what's going on.
I've called them daily for 15 days... still no update on the issue or what they will do to help me...
From what the representatives have told me, the case was passed along to an internal department which "performs the investigation" and once that happens they are unable to provide any status update as to what's being done.
As a result, they opened a new case, to check on the first case! (like magic, again, no updates, no call-backs, no information)...
Thank you very much Cricket.
I just had the same situation happen and I called into the Cricket store and no solution was remedied nor could they provide answers on how this occurred. The thief, thankfully was unsuccessful in the hour timeframe allotted other than to gain access to one of my accounts, which I caught before it could be completed. Changed all account numbers, locked my credit and put fraud alerts on everything. This is absolute insanity. I am switching providers because it had to be an internal thing with Cricket.. Too convenient not to be.
We would like to apologize for your experience. We are aware of an issue that some customers are having and at this time we do not believe it is due to a breach of Cricket's systems. However, we are performing a full investigation to determine the cause. Please ensure that you reset your pin, security answer, and online password. If you need assistance please reach out to us on twitter (@cricketsupport) or Facebook (m.me/cricketwireless).
Thats sucks. its great you were able to get your money back. Unfortunately every phone service has customers that are victims to sim swapping scams. Everyone thinks its Cricket, but too your point it can come from too many other sources. Hell even Jeff Bezos was a victim to a sim swap. All we can do is try to protect our account and passwords the best that we can.
Took about a month to get my Number back, PayPal was fast in giving back what they got from Samsung pay, I've never had Samsung pay, They never got my bank, I use a different password for that, and two Point identification, But I did lose access to my own bank for a few days, as I could not get the codes that were being sent to me. Never found out what happened too many ways this could happen, Spoof e-mail, Wi-Fi hack, Key logger, Inside job, Dark web, seems like if they really wanted to find out, they could… With mine they used it at Walmart’s, in Florida, Don't they have camera’s, I knew which stores right away, Got sent live action receipts with store number, and register number, Since they didn't get my e-mail account, I was getting receipts.
I was actually pretty pleased with Crickets response, I even got my Number back, it was slow, but they did get it fixed, and it hasn't been an issue since.
'it took a month for me.
I vote that it is an inside job. Last week my wife's phone had the number ported out and mine had the sim card stolen. In less than a week the sim card is stolen again. Moved the account to my name not Her's and new password and pin and in a few days I need a new sim card!
This exact scenerio has happened to me alittle over one month ago, except they failed in gaining access to my bank accounts thank goodness. Cricket has been going back and forth with lieing in the progress they have made with my case. They have not been forth right, although kind, each day i call to check status of the status and have since been told whom my number was ported out to (Tracphone), at which both parties state their waiting on an "Email" from the other party to authorize MY number to be ported back. Several accounts including my wifes were compromised including our social security numbers being stolen. Im completely at a loss for words.