RSN™ Guides

RSN™ Guide: Leave The Real People Alone!

RSN™ Guide: Leave The Real People Alone! We are constantly asked by victims to identify the person in the photo that they fell in love with. They want to save them, or tell them how they feel, or tell them their photo is being used by scammers. It doesn't matter who he or she is, his or her photo was stolen by scammers. You have to understand that you do not have a relationship with [...]

RSN™ Guide: Financial Assistance & Crime Victim Compensation

RSN™ Guide: Financial Assistance & Crime Victim Compensation For U.S.A. Crime Victims ONLY - Canada Has Similar Programs - International Residents Check With Your Own Country To See What Crime Victims’ Assistance Is Available Yes! There Is Financial Assistance Available! SCARS is a registered Crime Victims’ Assistance & Support Organization and a member of VictimConnect a service of the National Center for Victims of Crime of the United States Department of Justice. Every state has [...]

RSN™ Guide: What Can You Expect After A Scam [Infographic]

RSN™ Guide: What Can You Expect After A Scam [Infographic] Immediately After A Scam, You Will Have Questions Here is our After-Scam Reality Check! It is blunt but to the point - you need proper expectations to move forward with your recovery. Based upon our 27 Years of Experience this is what you should expect: You Have Been Scammed And You Can’t Undo It You Must Report The Crime To Your Local Police Even Though They Can’t [...]

RSN™ Guide: Rescamming

RSN™ Guide: Rescamming Yes, it is a thing Did you know that statistically, as a victim of a scam that you have a ONE IN SEVEN chance of being a victim again? Most victims will shut down after a scam - not trusting anyone. However, for most the same tendencies that created the opportunity for the scam remains. You will still be too trusting even while you tell yourself that you trust no one. Most [...]

RSN™ Guide: Scammer Technique – Cold Reading

RSN™ Guide: Scammer Technique - Cold Reading Cold Reading Is A Scam Information Gathering Technique! Cold reading is a set of techniques used by mentalists, psychics, fortune-tellers, mediums, illusionists (readers), and scam artists to imply that the reader knows much more about the person than the reader actually does. Without prior knowledge, a practiced cold-reader can quickly obtain a great deal of information by analyzing the person's body language, age, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, [...]

RSN™ Guide: Small Business Cybersecurity

RSN™ Guide: Small Business Cybersecurity YOUR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY Be More Vigilant Online For small business owners, business growth is the name of the game. It’s important to establish a cybersecurity protocol early that can grow with your business to protect your most critical assets. Not only do businesses rely on technology to perform daily functions, but the Internet provides easy ways for businesses to stay connected and informed. However, with these increased conveniences comes increased [...]

RSN™ Guide: Scammer Fake Profiles

RSN™ Guide: Scammer Fake Profiles A site visitor recently asked about the methods scammers use for fake profiles. A Typical Fake Profiles Will Have: Are all the photos stolen? How do they choose which photos to steal? Are the names all made up? Do they use different names? FAKE PHOTOS Let's talk about the photos used on fake profiles first. They are almost always stolen photos for the African scammers - the exception is when [...]

RSN™ Guide: Knowing Your Enemy

RSN™ Guide: Knowing Your Enemy In order to effectively fight an enemy, you have to understand them. We monitor the media in Western Africa for these insights - how scammers live, how they think, and their tricks and techniques. Here is a guide that was published to show new scammers how to get started: Becoming A Yahoo Boy in Nigeria: Easy Steps So you’ve searched our cyberspace, looking for how to become a yahoo boy [...]

RSN™ Guide: A to Z of Online Fraud

RSN™ Guide: A to Z of Online Fraud Most people now have access to the internet. We use our home computers, phones, and other devices to shop or bank online, keep in touch with friends and relatives, and lots of other everyday activities because we find it convenient and easy. But the same is also true of fraudsters. With all the convenience the internet brings, it is important to be aware of potential online risks. [...]

RSN™ Guide: Email Phishing Scams

RSN™ Guide: Email Phishing Scams Email scams, also called phishing scams, are when a cyber scammer contacts you out of the blue and tries to tricks you into clicking a dangerous link or filling in your personal information or bank details. Portions from Which.co.uk (copyrights acknowledged) What Is A Phishing Scam? Phishing is when a cybercriminal contacts you out of the blue (usually by email) and convinces you to hand over your personal information or [...]

RSN™ Guide: Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes

RSN™ Guide: Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes Let's talk about Anti-scam Hate Groups and Vigilantes Vigilantees tend to be the ones that create the Anti-scam Hate groups. Anti-scam Hate Group is a group, typically lead by a victim that has retained their range and anger against scammers and turned this into a kind of mania. THESE ARE THE TRUE VIGILANTES Vigilantes are those victims that are profoundly and adversely affected by the aftermath of the [...]

RSN™ Guide: Socially Engineered Scams

RSN™ Guide: Socially Engineered Scams You have probably heard that term before. What is it? Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is a type of confidence trick (scam) for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. [...]

RSN™ Guide: Selfishness – The Common Behavior In Romance Scams

A Guide To Scam Victim Selfishness: The Common Behavior That Leads To Romance Scams This article is going to look at an unpleasant component of the scam victim's behavior during and after the scam. This is not intended to be an attack on you or to make you feel bad about yourself, but rather to get you thinking about what happened and your own behavior during the scam and afterward. Remember that you were manipulated [...]

RSN™ Guide: Gaslighting – Destroying A Victim’s Sense Of Reality

RSN™ Guide: Gaslighting - Destroying A Victim's Sense Of Reality gas·light ˈɡaslīt verb gerund or present participle: Gaslighting manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity or reality. "in the first episode, Karen Valentine is being gaslighted by her husband" Gaslighting Introduction Gaslighting is the systematic process of attempting to erode another person’s reality by consistently telling them that what they are experiencing is not true! And the gradual giving up on their reality; or [...]

RSN™ Guide: Scam Victim Mindsets

SCARS™ Scam Analytics: Scam Victim Mindsets What Do Victims Believe And Their Mindsets! As the result of a year-long victimization study by the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams Inc. [SCARS] - SCARS has been able to identify the primary Scam Victim Mindset Profiles and how they relate to the victim’s response after the scam. A total of 16,000 victims were sampled in this analysis over 2017 and 2018 by the SCARS Analytics Department. SCARS [...]

RSN™ Guide: How Police Decide What Is Worth Investigating?

RSN™ Guide: How Police Decide What Is Worth Investigating? The challenge Police face with scams: As any scam victim knows, the local police (or even national police) are very reluctant to get involved. Some local police don’t even want to take a police report (though they will take “informational reports” if a victim insists). There is a reason for this and it involves a Law Enforcement process known as “Solvability.” When a police report is [...]

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