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the practice of deceiving individuals into surrendering personal information for fraudulent purposes
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  • At the entrance, Verelst, pretexting a pretext, sagely dropped out.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Abu Bakr, pretexting the ties of blood uniting victors and vanquished, was of opinion that a ransom should be accepted.

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet

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