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SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Grandparents Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Grandparents Scams Those Are Not Your Grandchildren! FTC Warns Of New Scam Grandchildren imposters are managing to finagle a skyrocketing amount of money out of people, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned on Monday. The FTC says that its Consumer Sentinel Network has noticed a “striking” increase in the median dollar amount that people 70 and older report losing to fraud. When they started to peel back the layers, the Commission found a number of [...]

RSN™ Guide: Understanding and Protecting Yourself Against Money Mule Schemes

RSN™ Guide: Understanding and Protecting Yourself Against Money Mule Schemes Money Mules Are Used to Commit Fraud “Money mules” are people who are used to transport and launder stolen money or some kind of merchandise. Criminals may even recruit money mules to use stolen credit card information. Individuals being used as money mules may be willing participants; however, many money mules are not aware that they are being used to commit fraud. The individuals being [...]

RSN™ Guide: United States Military Ranks & Insignia

RSN™ Guide: United States Military Ranks & Insignia THE UNITED STATES MILITARY RANK INSIGNIA Military rank is more than just who salutes whom. Military rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each increase in rank. Do not confuse rank with pay grades, such as E-1, W-2 and O-5. Pay grades are administrative classifications used primarily to standardize compensation across the military services. The "E" in E-1 stands for [...]

RSN™ Guide: Dehumanization – How Scammers Can Do What They Do To You!

RSN™ Guide: Dehumanization - How Scammers Can Do What They Do To You! Dehumanization Is The Viewing Certain People As Less Than Human Or As Objects To Be Used Or Manipulated 'Less Than Human' is the Psychology of Cruelty Dehumanizing is one of the more serious aberrations of human psychology. It allows us all to perform the most unspeakable acts as though they are nothing because we are doing them to others who are not like [...]

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: 10 Steps To Breaking Free & Recovering

 RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: 10 Steps To Breaking Free & Recovering Extracted and adapted from an article by Sharie Stines, PsyD, GoodTherapy.org - Copyright acknowledged - we thank the author for their scholarship 10 Steps To Breaking Free And Staying Free Bonds occur in toxic relationships (such as with a romance scammer) and tend to be strengthened by inconsistent positive reinforcement — your hope of something better to come (a happy ending). These Trauma Bonds occur in [...]

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Trauma Bonding

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Trauma Bonding People Often Stay In Abusive Relationships Because Of Something Called 'Trauma Bonding' Originally published by: Lindsay Dodgson -  Aug. 17, 2017 - BusinessInsider.com 'Trauma Bonding' — Here Are The Signs It'S Happening To You RSN Editor's Note: This applies to scam victims just as it does to local abusive relationships. People often don't even realize they are in an abusive relationship. It can be hard for others to understand why someone [...]

RSN™ Guide: Deducting Scams Form Your U.S. Income Tax

RSN™ Guide: Deducting Scams Form Your U.S. Income Tax The following is not intended as Tax Advice and is provided for educational purposes only. Consult a professional tax preparer or tax attorney for all legal or professional advice about your taxes. Is It Possible To Recover Some Of Your Money Through Your Taxes? Maybe! You can legally claim casualty and theft losses on personal property as itemized deductions on a United States Tax Return. According [...]

RSN™ Special Report: A Better Business Bureau Study on Online Romance Scams

RSN™ Special Report: A Better Business Bureau Study on Online Romance Scams Online Romance Scams - A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - Download For Free Here » Download [PDF File] Online Romance Scams - A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters Provided Free For Personal Use [...]

SCARS™ Scam Insight: What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor?

SCARS™ Scam Insight: What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? An Exploration Of Mindsets As an organization, we have had the opportunity to observe the victims of scams from over 27 years. We have had the benefit of expanding our knowledge by professionalizing our activities as registered crime victims' assistance and support providers, in applying victimology and criminalistics, as anthropologists, as specialists in addictive behavior, in the psychology of scams, [...]

RSN™ Guide: Depression – What You Need To Know

RSN™ Guide: Depression What You Need To Know By the: United States National Institute of Mental Health About this Guide This Guide, was prepared by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provides an overview on depression. NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. This Guide will help you learn the following four things that everyone should know about depression: Depression is a real illness. Depression affects [...]

A Guide for Friends and Family of Romance Scam Survivors

A Guide for Friends and Family of Romance Scam Survivors A Free Guide by the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] This Guide is intended for Family and Friends of someone that was involved in a Romance Scam Also available on LinkedIn.com here » Introduction This is presented in the hope that it will help scam victims to explain what happened to them. We hope that by reading this you can understand that the [...]

RSN™ Guide: How To Spot Fake United States Military ID Cards

RSN™ Guide: How To Spot Fake United States Military ID Cards Right Up Front - If Someone Sends You A Photo Of Their ID Card They ARE A Scammer! That is because it is illegal for United States Military personnel to copy their ID cards. It is that simple! However, so many people want to understand how to make sure they are fakes that we have created the following. NOTE: Before you say it, this page [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Human Trafficking & Its Relationship To Scamming

SCARS™ Guide: Human Trafficking & Its Relationship To Scamming Human Trafficking Many do not know that online fraud is closely related to Human Trafficking and Terrorism. The bad guys that scam the world help fund these activities. The Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] does all it can to help raise awareness of this important issue. That is why we are proud to help support and be affiliated with Freedom United www.freedomunited.org Please visit [...]

RSN™ Guide: U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams

RSN™ Guide: U.S. Army Scammers / Fake Soldier Romance Scams Online Romance Scam Information About Stolen Soldier Identities Impersonation & Identity Theft Of United States Army Soldiers If You Suspect Someone Then They ARE A Scammer You may have a suspicion about someone you have met online. You may not know it yet but your instincts picked up on something out of place (below we explain the Red Flags in more detail). Go with your [...]

RSN™ Guide: Anti-Scam Security Test For Your Friends & Family

RSN™ Guide: Anti-Scam Security Test For Your Friends & Family Pretend To Be A Scammer To Save Your Friends & Family Do You Want To Save Your Friends And Family From Scammers? Here Is An Anti-Scammer Intrusion Test The purpose is to test your friends and family reactions to a real-life scammer. In the world of cybersecurity, it is completely normal to perform unannounced tests to see how people respond. For This Test You Will Need: [...]

RSN™ How To: Spot Fake U.S. Passports

RSN™ How To: Spot Fake U.S. Passports Scammers Have Always Made Up Fake Documents, But With A Careful Eye, You Can Always Spot Them For What They Are! Here is a real U.S. Passport for you to see how it should look: Michelle Obama U.S. Passport Notice the following things: Photo has a portion that is transparent USA logo overlaps photo and can see the photo background under it Note that the photo [...]

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