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Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

December 17, 2018

Question of the Week: What is Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing?

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Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing. This week we'll discuss the bombardment of social engineering techniques fraudsters use to lure us into giving away our personal information. We'll also go into greater detail on each of the primary methods currently being used to steal your identity.

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising itself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to click a link, download an attachment and enter personal information at a fake website. From Wikipedia.org

Vishing or Voice phishing is a form of criminal phone fraud, using social engineering over the telephone system to gain access to private personal and financial information for the purpose of financial reward. From Wikipedia.org

Smishing or SMS phishing is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques. Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as passwords and details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. SMS phishing uses cell phone text messages to deliver the bait to induce people to divulge their personal information. From Wikipedia.org

 

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