pre·​text·​ing | \ ˈprē-ˌtek-stiŋ How to pronounce pretexting (audio) \

Definition of pretexting

: the practice of presenting oneself as someone else in order to obtain private information

Examples of pretexting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of pretexting

1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Pretexting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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