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How to protect yourself from vishing

A man making a phone call.


5 ways to avoid falling for vishing scams

Scammers impersonating legitimate companies can steal personal information via a phone call.

As technology advances, cybercriminals take advantage of that advancement to scale up on their illegal activities.

One tactic they use to compromise your cybersecurity is called vishing. Vishing involves making voice calls or leaving voice messages designed to lead the recipients to believe that the calls are from companies of high standing. The goal is to lure the victims into revealing their confidential details.

If they succeed, the cybercriminals can then utilize the victim’s details for whatever they want. While vishing can be obvious in some cases — for example, when the speaker has a terrible command of English grammar — it’s sometimes not so obvious. Some of these scammers are very adept at making it seem like the call is coming from a legitimate organization.

This video by Adobe, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Speechless Inc. demonstrates what a vishing scam is like.

Watch carefully.

Some hints that might help you avoid falling victim to vishing:

  • Avoid sharing your personal information or confidential company details with unknown, unfamiliar, untrusted parties.
  • Report any suspicious calls or messages as soon as possible to your organization’s IT/cybersecurity team.
  • Don’t share any texts, codes, one-time passwords, or any similar details with the suspicious caller.
  • If the caller claims to be from a particular company, investigate that company immediately to confirm. If you can’t confirm with absolute confidence, don’t trust it.
  • When a stranger contacts you and starts sharing incredible-sounding news out of the blue, there’s probably a catch; don’t fall for it.

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