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KSL Investigates: How to prevent crooks from using your cellphone number to hack your identity

SALT LAKE CITY — Cyber crooks have another way to steal your identity and money, take over your social media and get access to your personal information and financial records. It’s your cell phone number.

It even happened to the former Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Trade Commission.

In 2016, Lorrie Cranor told NBC News, “The idea that someone could steal my identity this way and that the phone company really didn’t do much to prevent it was something that was quite unsettling.”

Now it’s happening to a growing number of Utahns.

Christina of American Fork told KSL in February that whoever had hijacked her cell phone account got access to her text messages and had their eye on her bank account.


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