Vishing is the fraudulent practice of making phone calls (or leaving voice messages) purporting to be from reputable companies in order to mislead individuals to reveal personal information, such as credit card details.

Here are some warning signs that a call could be a vishing scam:

  • Offers from companies you do not do business with or have heard of
  • An announcement that you won a prize in a contest you did not enter
  • Unrealistic returns for your monetary investment
  • Pressure to make immediate decisions to give the caller what they request
  • Threats of consequences such as jail or deportation if you do not comply
  • Unsolicited calls offering to help you with debt, job offers, etc.

Do not trust the caller ID. Phone numbers and caller identities can be falsified. Be vigilant, cautious, and skeptical.

 

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