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Kidnapping in the virtual world

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What is a virtual kidnapping?
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Virtual kidnapping is a new twist on the old school kidnapping scheme of making it appear that someone has been taken hostage when they truly have not. The bad guys are skilled at using social engineering tactics. They place random phone calls to random numbers using several planned scenarios. When someone bites, they set the hook. They gather pertinent information from the unsuspecting victim. The information solicited will be about a family member or someone close to the victim, this is the final target. Once they have sufficient details and the phone number of the target, they call that person and tell the target that they have kidnapped the victim. They demand a ransom to be paid in prepaid cash cards.

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Learn more about Randy Phillip’s webinar Tech Fraud: A Virtual Mine Field

First published on 07/12/2020

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