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Weekly TEK Security Tip: Vishing - Securing Devices at Home and Work

 Have you received the following call, or something similar? 

"Your account has been compromised. Please call this number to reset your password.” 
 
In panic, you return the call to be met with an automated recording that asks for your like bank account numbers and/or other sensitive information. You’ve been Vished!

Phishing can take on many forms, such as a phone call, email, or phony website. One of the many forms of phishing scams is ‘vishing’. Vishing is a form of attack that attempts to trick victims into giving up sensitive personal information over the phone. In comparison, vishing uses internet phone services (VoIP) to complete the scam. Often, this includes ‘spoofing’ the phone number of a real business or company. Vishing is just one form of phishing, which is any type of message — such as an email, text, phone call or direct-chat message — that appears to be from a trusted source but isn't. The goal is to steal someone's identity or money. 

If you are a consumer who answers a phone call that you believe is a scam, report these suspicious phone numbers to the FTC.
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