With a change of a letter, we have a new word to describe 'Extrapolation of Ones Personal Details to be Used For Fraud'. The concept isn't new and I believe the phrase 'Vishing' has been around for a while, however it is starting to gain more notice.
Phishing is the concept, whereby a person attempts to gain valuable personal information for use in identity theft or fraud. Like fishing where you would dangle a line into a river and see what 'bites', phishing targets people by use of email (predominantly) and other communication methods. These are the emails like 'Win a Cruise, just send us your name and bank account number'.
I think people are getting smarter in recognizing these scams, although there are still millions of people falling for them. Recently there has been a rise, of what is termed 'Vishing' attacks. Like Fishing and Phishing, Vishing (Voice-Phishing) attacks are by individuals that are being so bold as to call you and try to get the information out of you.
Any information that they can use, is useful. Be it references, other numbers, names of people you know and the like. Because, the more data they have on you, the more credible they will appear next time they call and relay that information back to you.
Why do I bring this topic up?
Well, over the past few years, we have had many callers to the house, both in person and on the phone. In practically all cases, if you are as paranoid as I am, they could be seen as vishing. So ask yourself, the next time you call a client or a prospective customer, does your opening pitch or script sound like it could be interpreted as a vishing call?