Social engineering is a type of cybercrime designed to exploit human weakness by using psychological manipulation to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that may be against their own interests.

Financially motivated, the goal of these attacks is usually to gain access to confidential information or systems that the threat actors can then leverage for fraudulent or malicious purposes.

While there are numerous types of social engineering attacks, they all tend to involve tactics such as building trust and rapport with a target, using authority or legitimacy to coerce a response, or exploiting human emotions such as fear, greed, or curiosity.