What is social engineering? Simply stated, it's trickery. Social engineering can take many forms - phone calls, email, paper, even face to face. The bottom line is that it intends to get the victim to be a willing participant in their own victimization. Some examples include cleverly worded emails that “piggybacks” on newsworthy events, or web links that pretend to be charities after major disasters.
How do you protect yourself? First, know what information is important, like your password or personal information. Second, take some simple precautions: