If you have never heard of pretexting, you are not the only one. However, you should - because pretexting can be a risky thing for you and your personal information. So, what is it?
Basically, pretexting is a practice in which your personal details get compromised by people selling them or using them illegally. The best examples include 'pretexted' names, credit cards, social security numbers. It can all start with one telephone call where the pretexter pretends to be conducting a survey for which he needs your information. However, it's your information that in this case gets compromised and may be the bridge to something scarier - something we know as identity theft.
The best thing to do and protect yourself against pretexting is to know the most common sources and types of pretexting, which include:
• credit card frauds
• communication services frauds
• bank frauds
Or in other words, your credit card details, telephone numbers and bank account numbers are among the easiest targets of pretexters online. And before you ask, we'll say it - yes, there is a way to protect yourself.
Even though the law is always on your side when it comes to pretexting, you can also prevent it from happening with not giving your personal information both on the phone or over the Internet. In fact, legitimate organizations always introduce themselves before asking for such details
So be informed, pay attention to your statement cycles and alert your family to be more aware and prevent this malicious practice - and save themselves from the dangers of pretexting!