Most people who have an e-mail address have probably encountered the term phishing. Just in case you have not, it is the practice of sending fake e-mails that look official out to employees in an attempt to get access to the victim’s computer or the company’s network. A new type of cybercrime is on the rise that takes that premise in a new direction.
What is Vishing?
Voice phishing, or vishing, uses the phone instead of e-mail to execute a similar type of attack. They can create an air of authority by faking caller ID and posing as a manager or other authority figure.
How Can You Recognize It?
It can be tricky to tell that the person on the other end of the line is a conman. You can watch out for someone in a position of authority or expertise calling you and putting pressure on you for information. Ask the caller to provide some way to prove that they are who they claim to be. If they get angry or refuse, then do not trust them and end the call.
Vishing is the new cybercrime to be on the lookout for. Be wary of unknown authority figures calling out the blue to ask for information. Err on the side of caution and verify the caller’s identity if you’re unsure.