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The dialog, sounding ominous, is using ignorance and fear to urge the user to “Act Fast” to avoid disaster. It is also a complete lie aimed at scamming you

Mistype “Twitter” or any popular URL into you browser and you might fall victim to scam-ware with an dialog box that looks like the one to the right. This screen shot is a dialog box that pops up upon being redirected to a domain name with a common miskeying of “twitter.” The landing page has a javascript that threw up this auto-opening dialog box that is intended to look like a system level warning. This is all a con game — and BTW: “con” stands for “confidence” because the whole scam is based on tricking people that they can trust the person scamming them with confidence.

This dialog box automatically opens on this page, and reopens after being closed. It contains text that is ripe with known psychological techniques that urge victims to take fast action and not look for outside help. Its wording is finely crafted to shuts down a person’s reasoning centers and on impulse.

The first is a warning of imminent warning of danger: Which is akin to a sailor in a bird’s nest yelling “VIRUSES HO!”

Back in the day when a warning would require immediate action to avoid crashing a ship on the rock, this was a good survival instinct: “Don’t think, thus do it” has saved countless lives. However, this assumes you know what to do in the case of an emergency. If you don’t, following the instructions of a trusted instructor could sometime land a plane safely — as in many a commercial airliner disaster movie. So, here is a manual that shows how these scams work which might help novice users avoid losing a lot of money for no other reason than not knowing any better.

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