Vishing relies heavily on manipulation to get victims to willingly give up their personal information. With the rise in popularity of Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies, many phishers have also taken to calling people to phish for their information. The possibilities are endless as a VoIP server can be configured to mimic the voice of just about any person that the phishers are trying to impersonate, such a banker or tech support.

This, combined with caller ID spoofing, makes it so much easier for phishers to be someone else over the phone. Caller ID spoofing basically allows phishes to send out phone calls to their intended targets that appears to be from a credible source. As a result, victims will feel compelled to pick up the calls.

Types of Vishing

Vishing can take shape in many forms. The best vishing scams usually have some very convincing acting. Here a few common examples of vishing that you’re likely to run into:

How to Avoid Vishing Scams?

Below are a few steps you can avoid being tricked by a visher: