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pretexting

Pretending to be someone else in order to obtain information, typically over the phone. See social engineering.
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Lubomirski, Bronnitski, Wlocki, and the others of that group stirred up so much trouble that Barclay, under pretext of sending papers to the Emperor, dispatched these Polish adjutants general to Petersburg and plunged into an open struggle with Bennigsen and the Tsarevich.
My first pretext for invading the sanctum was to bring Arthur a little waddling puppy of which Sancho was the father, and which delighted the child beyond expression, and, consequently, could not fail to please his mamma.
de l'Hist., etc., d'Allemagne," says the pretext was to indemnify himself for the expense of the expedition.
He would have made war even for that honor; the cardinal, assured of governing alone, under the double pretext of having brought up the king and given his niece to him in marriage -- the cardinal would have fought all antagonists, overcome all obstacles.
"Yes, it must have undoubtedly been only a pretext for now, when he could plead the same reason, as you are my father's prisoner again, he does not care any longer for you; quite the contrary, -- I heard him say to my father only yesterday that he did not know you."
To restrain the Venetians the union of all the others was necessary, as it was for the defence of Ferrara; and to keep down the Pope they made use of the barons of Rome, who, being divided into two factions, Orsini and Colonnesi, had always a pretext for disorder, and, standing with arms in their hands under the eyes of the Pontiff, kept the pontificate weak and powerless.
Poyser on his arm; and last of all Bartle Massey, with Lisbeth--Lisbeth in a new gown and bonnet, too busy with her pride in her son and her delight in possessing the one daughter she had desired to devise a single pretext for complaint.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has advised customers not to share personal information on telephone calls on the pretext of biometric verification.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 18 (ANI): A fugitive gang leader of agents, who used to cheat passengers on the pretext of providing visa, was arrested from Mumbai Immigration by a Delhi Police team deployed at IGI Airport in the national capital.
ISLAMABAD -- The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has once again advised bank customers not to share personal information on fake calls on the pretext of biometric verification.
JERUSALEM, Sunday, July 07, 2019 (WAFA) -- The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem summoned today for questioning five Palestinians from Wadi Yasul quarter in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, under the pretext of building without construction.
SHIKARPUR -- A teenage girl and a neighbor were gunned down by the girl's father on pretext of Karo-Kari near Garhiyaseen in the jurisdiction of Golo Daro police station on Tuesday.