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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

Mouse Trapping

A mouse trap is a web page that does not respond to the traditional browser exit command.  Once the domain has been entered by the unsuspecting user, the back button on the browser does not function and the user is stuck inside the web site.

According to eWeek Magazine, phishing has been combined with mouse trapping to ensure that victims are taken in by the scam:

"They used about a thousand lines of JavaScript code to make sure that no matter what the user did, the window came back up," said Bill Franklin, president of Zero Spam Network Corp. in Coral Gables, Fla., and a member of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which works to identify and take down phishing-related sites.

"Any time that window lost focus, it always came back to the front. It was a really good piece of social engineering. We could see traffic going to the site and could just imagine the losses mounting."


Since it is very easy to believe something once it is written down, the web is a great place to start rumors and incite panic.  For scammers, Internet hoaxes are also a great way to spread spyware and viruses. Here is an example of someone’s poor idea of a joke.

Sometimes Internet hoaxes can have criminal undertones such as the one that was targeted at African American taxpayers.  The hoax letter went something like this:

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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