“Vishing” is defined as the fraudulent practice of making phone calls or leaving voice messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to trick individuals to reveal personal information, such as bank details and credit card numbers.
Who are these scammers? Typically they are individuals looking for a pay-day or full-fledged hacking companies who even have an HR department. They are looking for just enough information to be able to impersonate you and potentially carry out illegal activities – including compromising and then using your personal accounts, such as a Google account.
Think you can spot a vishing scam? Scammers get better every day and have more resources than ever before. Be vigilant, cautious, and skeptical. Even security professionals can fall for a scam if care isn’t taken. Learn more about vishing and watch as Sid – the ever-vigilant cybersecurity professional – let’s recognition go to his head and gets scammed. This is part of our ongoing security awareness video series in partnership with StaySafeOnline.org.
As always, be extra careful with any requests that do not come from sources you trust. That extra care is one of your best defenses against security issues. You can learn more about this and other security best practices at StaySafeOnline.org.
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