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Scareware is software designed to scare the user or make the user uncertain. It is an automated form of social engineering. If the victim falls for the trick and believes to be under threat, an offer is often made to the victim to remove the non-existent threat in return for payment. In other cases, the victim is made to believe that an attack has already been successful, causing him or her to perform actions that make the attack possible in the first place.

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