What is Vishing? Voice Phishing Scams to Avoid

man on phone victim of vishing scam

What is vishing?

Vishing is a phone scam type of phishing attack. The word “vishing” comes from “voice” and “phishing”. Phishing scams are most often done through email, named by the idea that a fraudster is dangling a hook or a lure to get unsuspecting victims to reveal sensitive information, like usernames, passwords, or credit card details, through an email response or by clicking a link and entering the data on a website. In a vishing attack, a scammer uses a phone call to target their victims and steal information, money, or both.

Vishing can also be a type of social engineering scam — that is, the criminal uses specific or “vague enough to be real” details about the victim to get them to believe the scam caller is real and should be trusted. Vishing calls may come from a blocked number, or a fake or spoofed phone number used to impersonate a legitimate person or organization. Fraudsters also use robocalls to carry out vishing schemes on a larger scale. Continue reading

Beware of Phone and Mail Scams

Scammers Still Call & Mail Victims

With the increasing numbers of connected devices, social media platforms and other digital services, we’ve become accustomed to the threats that target us online. But two not-so-new phone and mail scams prove that fraudsters are still using traditional scamming methods to facilitate their crimes.

Unfortunate but true, our Resolution Center gets calls about phone and mail scams all the time. This new wave of malicious phone and mail scams reminds us just how effective traditional social engineering and scare tactics can be. Continue reading

File Taxes Early to Avoid Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

Get Ahead of Tax Fraud and Identity Theft 

Filing your taxes can be a pain, but dealing with tax fraud and identity theft can be even worse. As we scramble to compile our W-2s and file our returns by the April deadline, we often forget that tax season is also considered open season for identity thieves. 

Many of last year’s large-scale data breaches (like Equifax and Alteryx) have already given identity thieves a leg-up in the tax fraud and identity theft game. These breach events exposed a multitude of personal and financial information that experts predict will be used to fraudulently file tax returns this year. 

Fraudsters also effectively cover their bases by using a variety of tax-related scams that play on a victim’s fears. Scammers hope they can convince you to hand over personal and financial information to be used in other crimes. 

What should you look for? What can you do? Find all the answers to your tax crime-related questions concerning your personal information, the scams targeting you and best tax-filing practices.     Continue reading