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Fear and Intimidation

Scams Through Fear

There are dozens of ways that scammers socially engineer a potential victim’s behavior. One of those methods is through fear and intimidation. If they can make the victim fearful, intimidated, or at least concerned enough about something, then the victim will likely click the link, download the attachment, reply to the email, etc.

Here are a collection of scams designed to intimidate the recipient. In every instance the links either led to a malicious website that causes a computer infection or to a pitch for a costly but useless product or service.

Notice that none of them contain any personal information identifying the recipient, other than the email address. Also notice that a mouse-over revealed (in the lower left corner) that the links point to very oddly named websites. Ask yourself, would you respond to these tricks?

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