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The word ‘vishing’ is a combination of ‘voice’ and ‘phishing.’ Phishing is the practice of using deception to get you to reveal personal, sensitive, or con dential information. However, instead of using email, regular phone calls, or fake websites like phishers do, vishers use an internet telephone service (VoIP).

Impersonating a person or legitimate business to scam people isn’t a new thing. Vishing is simply a new twist on an old routine. In fact, vishing has been around almost as long as internet phone service.

Using a combination of scare tactics and emotional manipulation, they try to trick people into giving up their information. These vishers even create fake Caller ID pro les (called ‘Caller ID spoo ng’) which make the phone numbers seem legitimate. The goal of vishing is simple: steal your money, your identity, or both.

Follow these 5 hints to spot the Vishing attack:

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