Vishing is a social engineering attack similar to phishing that uses deception and plays with the victim’s emotions – like fear, greed, or sense of urgency – to get personal information out of them. But unlike other phishing attacks, vishing scams only use phone calls and Voice over IP (VoIP) technology such as Skype and similar platforms.
- In telemarketing or enterprise fraud, vishers will pretend to be calling from a legitimate company with a fake offer like car insurance and offer to extend your insurance in exchange for personal data or money.
- In government fraud, scammers will pretend to be from a government agency and manipulate the victim with fake scenarios. Examples include telling the victim that they owe tax money and that they need to pay it immediately.
- Be aware of what vishing is and what techniques vishers use.
- Don’t give in to pressure and be skeptical.
- Don’t take anonymous calls.
- Limit the information you share on social media.
- Remember that legitimate companies or your bank will never ask for sensitive information over the phone. They will also provide more secure ways to communicate with them.