In the current age, we are living in a parallel virtual world where mobile phones have become an integral part of our life. The widespread prevalence and usage of mobile technology, have lured cyber criminals to resort to new and sophisticated ways of committing cybercrimes and frauds.

Mobile SIM cloning is a cyber fraud or online scamming method in which the fraudsters gain control over the individual’s phone number and compromise it. It is practiced by fraudsters for cheating mobile subscribers.

What is it?

SIM Cloning is basically creating a duplicate SIM from the original one. It is similar to SIM swapping. However, this is a technically sophisticated technique, where software is used to copy the real SIM card. It is done to get access to victims’ International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and encryption key, which are used to identify and authenticate subscribers on mobile telephony. Cloning the SIM will enable the fraudster to take control and track, monitor, listen to calls, make calls, and send texts using the mobile number.