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Social Engineering

Social Engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing an action or giving away private information as opposed to obtaing the action by breaking in and stealing the information. The thief will pose as a legitimate business or government official in order to gain your trust and trick you into giving away information.

Social Engineering can take place in: The best way to combat social engineering is to be suspicious of anyone trying to solicit information from you.
  • If you receive a phone call or email telling you there is a problem with an account you have (email account, bank account, etc) and this person needs your information in order to resolve this problem, tell this person that you will contact them back. Do your own research on the problem before trusting this solicitation.
  • View out guide to Email Scams to validate an email.
  • Do not send personal information over email.
  • Be sure no one is watching while you type in your password or other identifying information.