- the practice of deceiving individuals into surrendering personal information for fraudulent purposes
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Examples from the Web for pretexting
At the entrance, Verelst, pretexting a pretext, sagely dropped out.
Abu Bakr, pretexting the ties of blood uniting victors and vanquished, was of opinion that a ransom should be accepted.