- 6th November 2019
- Posted by: Mark Dodds
- Category: Security
Protect your business from the realms of Vishing
But what exactly is Vishing?
The word ‘Vishing’ is a mixture of ‘voice’ and ‘phishing.’ In which Phishing is the method of using imitation to get you to reveal personal, sensitive, or private information.
However, instead of using email, normal phone calls, or hoax websites, Vishers use an internet telephone service (VoIP).
Using a vast selection of scare tactics and emotional manipulation, the aim is to trick you into giving up your information. These Vishers even create fake Caller ID profiles which makes the phone numbers seem trustworthy & legit. The goal of Vishing is simple: steal your money, your identity, or both.
Why do I need to know about Vishing?
Alike anyone else, your identity is everything. Vishing can come in a variety of forms, you need to be ready to catch out what’s real & trustworthy, compared to what’s fraud and will steal everything from you.
The most common form arrives in the voice of your Bank or your Credit card company.
“Your personal account has been breached. Please call this number to reset your account.”
The method of approach here is to inflict anxiety and panic, the fear of losing everything you’ve worked so hard for.
You might also see Vishing in the form of excitement and freebies.
“Congratulations! You’ve just won our grand prize of a 2-week holiday to the Maldives.”
From this point of view that seems fantastic, however you’ll soon be asked to pay a ‘returnable fee’ to claim the prize, you won’t get that back.
As you can tell, there are hundreds of different methods to trick you into paying money or sharing your details.
How do you prevent Vishing attacks?
Everyone receives phone calls on a daily basis, 100% of the time they are completely legitimate, however you’ll always get an unknown number pop up when you least expect it. To help you remain vigilant, below are some specific steps to prevent Vishing:
– Be aware
– Don’t give into pressure
– Ignore phone calls from unknown numbers (If they’re important they’ll leave a message that’ll give you an idea if they’re trustworthy)
– Stay calm, if you’re unsure just hang up
– Always be cautious, certain people can be very convincing
** Discover what damage Vishing can do below **
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