Effective Investigation and Takedown of Vishing attacks
A Method of Social Engineering
Vishing is the act of using the telephone in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The practice of Vishing has been around for many years. The scammer usually pretends to be a legitimate business or even government agency in order to seduce the consumer into revealing personal information. Over time, consumers are becoming complacent about sharing personal information with companies over the telephone that they perceive to be legitimate and vishers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their attempts.
What is Vishing?
Vishing (Voice Phishing) and Smishing (text messages) are methods criminals are using to lure consumers to hand over personal information such as credit card numbers and social security numbers. Types of Vishing attacks can involve the following:
- An email or SMS (text message) to consumers directing them to call the impersonated company on a different number, at which point the consumer is asked to reveal personal data.
- An incoming, automated call impersonating the organisation asking the consumer to divulge personal information. Often, incoming call ID’s are spoofed, meaning the number seen by the consumer is not the number the criminals are using. These are often hacked VOIP systems of a different legitimate company the Vishing attack is targeting.
FraudWatch International detects and stops vishing scams and vishing fraud every day with our proven vishing prevention and vishing protection methods. FraudWatch can take down numbers that consumers are asked to call in Vishing or Smishing attacks, saving your brand from reputation damage and financial losses. We have contacts at major telecommunication companies around the world, which enables faster take down of these threats.
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