Pretexting in the 21st Century


By Juliana Morehead, J.D., CFE

Fraud & The Law 

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), pretexting is the practice of obtaining personal information under false pretenses. The pretexter often establishes a rapport with an unsuspecting victim by pretending to be someone from a trusted entity with which the victim has a relationship.

With the Hewlett-Packard (HP) pretexting case still fresh in our memories, we’ll describe its circumstances and results, review legislation, and discuss if it’s permissible to use the onerous method to obtain information in fraud examinations.


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