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Beware phishing

Date: January 25, 2007

Most sophisticated computer users know about “phishing” — the act of sending an e-mail to a user claiming to be a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into giving information that will be used for identity theft and fraud.

But the Better Business Bureau says scam artists are the first to take advantage of new technology, and now there’s “vishing,” which is short for voice fishing.

It’s come about because of the proliferation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones.

One version works online, where the con artist sends an e-mail, disguised to appear as though it’s from a well-known business. The e-mail typically reports a “security” problem with the recipient’s account and urges the victim to call a telephone number to “straighten things out.”
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