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Short for voice-based-phishing, 'vhishing' is a criminal mechanism where people are lured to share their personal identity data and financial account credentials over the telephone, either to an Interactive voice response (IVR) machine or a person.
These calls always try to convince bank customers that there's an issue with their banking account or debit/credit card or that they won a big amount in a lottery/draw, which lure them to share personal details with them over the call.
Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.
It uses deceptive e-mails and websites to gain this personal information that is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.
Card skimming is the act of using a skimmer to illegally collect data from the magnetic stripe of a credit, debit or ATM card. These skimmers are installed in ATM or POS machines. This information, copied onto another blank card's magnetic stripe, is then used by an identity thief to make purchases or withdraw cash in the name of the actual account holder.
Check the ATM or the POS machine for any abnormalities and look for any unusual or strange additions to the machine.
Advance fee frauds are very common and vary in type, style and delivery but all are after the same thing to get you to pay time and time again for non-existent funds or large sums of money or goods. The people who operate these scams are professional at it and will provide you with what appear to be plausible and realistic scenarios.
Identity fraud can be described as the use of another person's personal information, without his/her consent or authorization, to commit a crime or to deceive or defraud that other person or a third person. The stolen identity is used in criminal activity to obtain goods or services by deception.
Most identity fraud is committed in the context of financial advantage, such as accessing a victim's credit card, bank or loan accounts or opening a new credit card account in the victim's name, and then charging purchases to that account, or entering into a loan agreement in the victim's name.