Have you ever received a phone call from someone who sounded really interested in what you do for a living? They might have even told you that they are doing some research on a potential new employee and would like to ask you a few questions. Chances are, this person was trying to pretext you – or get information from you under false pretenses. In this blog post, we will discuss what pretexting is and how to spot it. We will also provide tips on how to protect yourself against this type of attack.
What is Pretexting?
Pretexting is the act of creating a false or misleading story in order to obtain information from someone. This can be done over the phone, through email, or even in person. Pretexters often target businesses or individuals who they believe will have access to the information they are seeking. For example, they may pose as a potential customer in order to gain information about a company’s product. Or, they may pose as a researcher in order to get access to someone’s personal data.
Pretexting can be difficult to spot because the story that the pretexter tells is often believable. They may have done their homework and be able to answer any questions you have about their story. Additionally, they may be able to provide you with some information that makes their story seem more legitimate. For example, they may have an email address or website that looks legitimate but is actually fake.
How to Spot Pretexting
There are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone is trying to pretext you:
-The story they are telling does not make sense or is missing key details
-They are asking for information that is not related to the story they are telling
-They are being vague about who they are or why they need the information
-They become agitated or evasive when you start asking questions
Is Pretexting illegal?
Pretexting is not always illegal. However, there are some situations where it can be considered fraud. For example, if a pretexter poses as someone they are not in order to gain access to your bank account, this would be considered fraud. Additionally, if a pretexter obtains information that is used to commit identity theft, this would also be considered fraud.
How to Protect Yourself Against Pretexting
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself against pretexting:
-Never give out personal information over the phone, through email, or in person unless you are absolutely certain of who you are talking to. If someone is asking for your Social Security number, bank account information, or credit card number, do not give it to them.
-If you are unsure about who someone is, hang up the phone or close the email. You can always call back or email them later to confirm their identity.
-Never click on links in emails or text messages from people you do not know. These links could lead to fake websites that are designed to steal your personal information.
-If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from your bank, do not give them any information. Hang up the phone and call your bank back using the number on your statement or on their website.
Pretexting is a type of attack that can be difficult to spot but is important to be aware of. By following the tips above, you can help protect yourself against this type of attack.
Have you ever been part of a pretext scam? Let us know in the comments!