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

Apollo Breach Exposes Over 200 Million

What happened?

Apollo, a company who provides sales engagement solutions to its clients, recently confirmed a massive data breach – first discovered in July 2018 – affecting over 200 million of its contacts.

Hackers gained access to Apollo’s prospect databases to steal names, job titles, employers, social media handles, phone numbers, email addresses and other business contact information. 

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Fraudsters Bring Back Old Scams With New Tricks

New Channels, Old Scams 

In an age where the latest technology is available to the everyday consumer, it may be hard to believe people still fall for classic scamming methods. However, fraudsters that utilize scare tactics continue to be highly effective – especially in online, mail, or phone scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found millennials to be more at risk for online scams than seniors. At first glance, this may sound surprising given that younger generations often are more digitally aware. 

But with the increasing number of people using connected technology and Internet-enabled devices, it also means that more information about you is now available to the public – consumers, businesses and fraudsters alike.   Continue reading