Identity Theft Learning: Vishing

Late last week I was introduced to a new term in relation to identity theft: vishing.  Wikipedia defines vishing as: the practice of leveraging Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to trick private personal and financial information from the public for the purpose of financial reward. The term is a combination of “voice” and phishing.” 

Recently USA Today and Internet News both wrote informative articles about vishing.  How many more identity theft scams with we be subjected to?  Why is it that the bad guys always seem to be one step ahead of the public in their learning about ways to cause havoc and ruin people’s lives? 

The more you can learn about both phishing and vishing, the more you will be aware of ways to protect yourself for online commerce and communications.  Once again, the old adage “buyer beware” takes on new meaning and significance as we become more connected in the Participation Age.

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