Vishing, short for “voice phishing,” involves fraudulent phone calls where scammers impersonate government officials, tax authorities, law enforcement, or bank representatives to create fear and pressure victims into revealing sensitive information. By threatening arrest or bank account closure, the caller manipulates victims’ emotions, coaxing them to share personal data like Social Security numbers and banking credentials. Vishing attacks can also employ voicemails with urgent messages, urging victims to call back promptly. Staying vigilant and informed about such tactics is crucial to protect against these scams and safeguard personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

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