How to Protect Yourself from a Vishing Scam

Within this article, we’ll address strategies to safeguard your personal and financial information from vishing attempts. While technology can be a force for good in the digital world, scammers see it as an opportunity to steal and cause harm.

You may be familiar with “Phishing”, the use of a fraudulent copycat website portraying a legitimate business. Their goal is to gain your personal information, logins and passwords to use against you. A lessor-known approach by scammers is “Vishing”, or Voice Phishing. Scammers take a bolder approach and call directly to trick people into revealing sensitive information by pretending to be trustworthy entities.

Protect Yourself from Vishing

Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Calls

Never assume an incoming call is legitimate, especially if the caller pursues personal or financial information. Reputable organizations won’t ask for your personal details randomly over the phone.

If they are representing themselves as being from a bank or business that you use, hang up and call them directly at a trusted number and ask if there are issues related to your account.

Protect Your Personal Information

Do not share personal information with anyone you don’t know. No reliable business will ask for specific details like your Social Security number, bank account information, or passwords during phone calls.

Trust Your Instincts

If something feels wrong during a call, it probably is. Scammers often use high-pressure approaches to make you respond quickly. Some people received calls claiming to be from the IRS, law enforcement or a utility company, and they are requiring immediate payment. Don’t believe that.

Someone Can Spoof Caller ID

Scammers can make their Caller ID number appear that it’s a trusted number or organization name. Don’t solely rely on the displayed Caller ID to determine authenticity. Hang up and call a valid number.

Report Suspicious Calls

If you receive a vishing call, it’s considered. Cyber crime. particularly on a VoIP phone. Be sure to report it at: https://www.ic3.gov. Notify your bank or credit card company as well, as they might have additional steps to protect your accounts.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: What should I do if I accidentally shared my personal information during a vishing call?
A1: Immediately contact your bank, credit card company, and relevant authorities to report the incident. They will guide you through the steps to secure your accounts.

Q2: Are vishing scams only conducted over the phone?
A2: Although vishing primarily occurs through phone calls, it can also happen via text messages, emails, or even social media messages. Be cautious in all forms of communication and follow the same protective measures.

Q3: How do scammers know personal details about me during a vishing attempt?
A3: Scammers often collect personal information from various sources, such as data breaches or public records. They may use these details to establish trust and convince victims of their legitimacy.

Q4: Are there any preventive measures I can take to minimize the risk of vishing scams?
A4: Yes, being proactive is essential. Regularly monitor your financial accounts, enable multi-factor authentication, and get a VPN TO avoid sharing personal details on social media.

Last Thoughts

Vishing scams are a growing concern in today’s digital world, but by staying informed and vigilant, we can protect ourselves from falling victim to them. By being cautious with phone, text and email, you can limit the amount of personal information being exposed to scammers.

Consider getting an inexpensive Virtual Private Network (VPN) for your devices to safeguard against vishing attempts and other cyber threats and reduce your risk of becoming a target.

About the Author

Anthony M. Davis is a Certified Leadership, Success and Stress Coach. He is a clinically trained Board Certified Hypnotherapist.

He has earned a national reputation for his Transformative Life Centering work with clients from across the nation. His unique approach helps clients remove underlying fears and triggers, and then, through coaching, helps them pursue and accomplish life and career goals.

He provides coaching and hypnotherapy sessions remotely through Zoom. If you have challenges you’d like resolved, contact him HERE to create the life change you desire.

In a Prior Career…

Immediately following 9/11, Mr. Davis was the creator and publisher of the Homeland Security Report (before there was a Dept. of Homeland Security). His audience was law enforcement, first responders, and security professionals reaching thousands of readers across the U.S. He published the HSR for 12-years before focusing on global sciences & technology, and cyber.

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