This introduction to vishing is offered in the hope that being aware of it makes you less likely to fall for a vishing based scam.
Vishing is short for voice phishing. Voice refers to the fact that the scam is perpetrated over the phone. Phishing is a scam designed to "criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity..." according to Wikipedia.
As people get less trusting (deservedly so) of email, the bad guys hope victims put more faith in phone numbers.
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