New measures a positive step in the fight against mobile number fraud
Friday 28 February 2020
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman welcomes the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) new measures requiring mobile providers to implement stronger identity verification processes before a mobile phone number can be transferred.
The new Telecommunications (Mobile Number Pre-porting Additional Identify Verification) Industry Standard 2020 will safeguard consumers from potential threats such as identity theft or having their bank accounts drained. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman raised potential consumer harms associated with mobile number theft in its systemic investigation report on "Reducing fraudsters' theft of mobile numbers", published February 2019.
Ombudsman Judi Jones said, “We are pleased to see our systemic investigation work informing this regulatory action. The telecommunications industry has worked hard over the last year to address the security risks associated with mobile number theft.
“When fraud happens the impact on consumers is significant. It is important identity verification procedures keep up with evolving technological risks and strike the right balance between accessibility and security. The ACMA’s new Standard is a welcome layer of consumer protection to combat telco fraud.”
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