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vishing

(Voice phISHING) Also called "VoIP phishing," it is the voice counterpart to phishing. Instead of being directed by email to a website, an email message asks the user to make a telephone call. The call triggers a voice response system that asks for the user's credit card number. The initial bait can also be a telephone call with a recording that instructs the user to phone an 800 number.

In either case, because people are used to entering credit card numbers over the phone, this technique can be effective. Voice over IP (VoIP) is used for vishing because caller IDs can be spoofed, and the entire operation can be brought up and taken down in a short time, compared to a real telephone line. See phishing and VoIP.
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| COURIER FRAUD: This kind of fraud works in the same way as vishing. Only the fraudster tells you that they will send a courier to collect your bank card after getting your details.
While phishing is done online, a vishing scam refers to fraud tactics made over the telephone by criminals to gather personal information.
Dubai: A national bank in the UAE is urging customers to be cautious and not to give out sensitive information to avoid becoming victims of cyberattacks such as vishing, phishing and SMiShing.
Sorry about the 'vishing' and 'smishing' business - I didn't make those terms up!
COURIER FRAUD: Like vishing, but the fraudster sends a courier to collect your bank card.
"Bankers said that since vishing hooks the consumers directly through their phone, whether it's a land line or a mobile phone, it's much harder for the financial institution to detect," the newspaper reported.
Rachel Tobac: In terms of social engineering from a high level, companies think about that and have pretty good training about how to spot things like phishing attacks through email or through malicious links, but from my experience, I have not seen an overwhelming uptick in training on vishing attacks.
Phishing (such as scam emails) was the most common scam in the survey, followed by vishing or verbal communication, rogue traders and card fraud.
Financial crime detectives tracked the money down overseas and believe the "vishing" scam is part of a major fraud operation.
The problem is, people don't know about or understand how the most common scams, such as email phishing and telephone vishing - where crooks trick people into giving out personal information - work.
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The poll said that eight million are vulnerable to 'vishing', or voice phishing, while four million might transfer money into another supposed 'safe' account if instructed.