pre·​text·​ing ˈprē-ˌtek-stiŋ How to pronounce pretexting (audio)
: the practice of presenting oneself as someone else in order to obtain private information

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This class includes phishing, business email compromise (BEC) and pretexting (the human equivalent of phishing). Vincent Weafer, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Top tactics included phishing and pretexting, both of which involve concocting a story that will trick the victim into revealing password information and other sensitive data. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 19 May 2021 And there are very explicit rules against tactics like pretexting, which is essentially using deception, to get someone to speak to you. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2020 The practice of obtaining customer call records by posing as the customer is known as pretexting. Associated Press, WIRED, 29 Sep. 2006

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pretexting was in 1992

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Cite this Entry

“Pretexting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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