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# 210468 28-Mar-2017 16:41
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I cancelled a WxC 0800 number and account this afternoon at 16:27. I just wasn't using it, their service was good, forwarding 0800 calls to my cellphone.

 

The woman who answer the phone was friendly, helpful, polite, and did it quickly and easily. I only realised after I got off the phone that I wasn't asked anything other than "what's the phone number you want to cancel". No security questions, no ID, no account number, nothing.

 

Maybe they checked that the number I was calling from matched the one on file, I don't know. It was a very small account with very low billing, I expect larger accounts would get a bit more scrutiny.

 

This makes me wonder what else you could do with a WxC account without needing to prove who you are. Close a big account? Add on services? Are they vulnerable to social engineering to get customer details?

 

I'm not really that bothered about it, but it seems like something a responsible company would like to follow up.

 

If anyone from WxC is concerned and would like to follow up I can give them details of my account (once they convince me they're genuine). I also have a recording of the call.


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  # 1749615 28-Mar-2017 17:25
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Yep same thing happened to me when I cancelled my account (VOIP landline) a month ago.  Like you I was surprised there was no questions.


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  # 1749617 28-Mar-2017 17:26
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They do match the number you are calling from.

 

 

 

 





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  # 1749619 28-Mar-2017 17:29
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coffeebaron:

 

They do match the number you are calling from.

 

Want me to prove an exploit in that? DM me your number and I'll cancel your services via CID spoofing.







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  # 1749629 28-Mar-2017 17:47
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coffeebaron:

 

They do match the number you are calling from.

 

 

Cool, so only people with access to my premises can cancel my services ;)


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  # 1749644 28-Mar-2017 17:53
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I'm thinking, "I wish!"

 

I wouldn't be "complaining" if I didn't have to go through hoops everytime I called my telecoms company from my phone number. The only time I need my Vodafone PIN is when I have a problem and that is when I am least likely to remember it.


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  # 1749646 28-Mar-2017 17:56
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I'd say they check a few things.

 

- Did he say his name was Timmy - check

 

- Is the number he is calling from match that account - check

 

- Is the number he is wanting to cancel associated with that account - check

 

- Does he sound like dodgy guy Michael trying to spoof - check

 

 

 

It's similar with my bank, they actually will ask me for minimal ID info, unless it's something that needs a greater level of security.





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  # 1749649 28-Mar-2017 18:00
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coffeebaron:

 

 

 

- Does he sound like dodgy guy Michael trying to spoof - check

 

It's similar with my bank, they actually will ask me for minimal ID info, unless it's something that needs a greater level of security.

 

You underestimate me ;) but seriously if somebody was going to do something dodgy from experience they'll call up from the persons number (via CID spoofing), say "oh hi I am xx" and have their facts straight. I am sure there is not as many people going to be phoning up WXC these days to do something dodgy but still, it is a bad practice.





 
 
 
 


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  # 1749658 28-Mar-2017 18:18
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This is exactly the same with Spark, if you know the business account number and name you can just phone up and relinquish any services you like.

 

Are you authorised on the account? Yes? Good

 

 


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  # 1749659 28-Mar-2017 18:20
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coffeebaron:

I'd say they check a few things.


- Did he say his name was Timmy - check


- Is the number he is calling from match that account - check


- Is the number he is wanting to cancel associated with that account - check


- Does he sound like dodgy guy Michael trying to spoof - check


 


It's similar with my bank, they actually will ask me for minimal ID info, unless it's something that needs a greater level of security.



Banks now have voice recognition for security. They will usually at the very least have a pin you have to enter, then when they do the security questions you usually have to be logged in online so you can give them details of your account.

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  # 1750339 29-Mar-2017 19:14
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coffeebaron:

 

 

 

 

 

It's similar with my bank, they actually will ask me for minimal ID info, unless it's something that needs a greater level of security.

 

 

Yea spot on. ASB... "we can see you are calling from a registered number", and then basically do anything you want without any more security.


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  # 1750389 29-Mar-2017 21:52
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chevrolux:

 

coffeebaron:

 

 

 

 

 

It's similar with my bank, they actually will ask me for minimal ID info, unless it's something that needs a greater level of security.

 

 

Yea spot on. ASB... "we can see you are calling from a registered number", and then basically do anything you want without any more security.

 

 

 

 

Can't the number that is being called from be faked? I sometimes get overseas scam calls that have an Auckland number for example.


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