Pretexting is the practice of getting personal information under false pretenses. Pretexters sell information to people who may use it to access credit, steal assets, or to gain personal insights for legal or competitive advantage. Pretexting is illegal in the United States.
"The bill, SB1666, was written by state Sen. Debra Bowen, and would have barred investigators from making "false, fictitious or fraudulent" statements or representations to obtain private information about an individual, including telephone calling records, Social Security numbers and financial information. Victims would have had the right to sue for damages."
- Pretexting defined by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
- Protect Yourself from Pretexting from WIRED
- Politics & Tech Podcast: The pretexting affair from C|Net
- Congress plans hearings on HP 'pretexting' from C|Net
- Cingular Sues PI for Pretexting from WIRED
- MPAA Kills Anti-Pretexting Bill from WIRED
- Who's afraid of pretexting laws? from Ars Technica
- President signs pretexting bill into law from C|Net (1.16.07)
- Telcos may face new antipretexting regulations from C|Net (2.7.07)