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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 [...]

RSN™ Guide: Why Reporting Matters?

RSN™ Guide: Why Reporting Matters? Most People Do Not Report Scammers We know that 95% of you who will read this will not report your scammer to law enforcement or any credible entity That is truly sad! As citizens, each of us have a duty to report crimes. Yet when it comes to scammers most victims remain silent. There are so many excuses: The police are mean The police do nothing about it anyway I [...]

RSN™ Guide: United States Military & Social Media

RSN™ Guide: United States Military & Social Media The Facts This document is from Romance Scams Now, a division of the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams. Visit our Facebook homepage for more: facebook.com/onlineromancefraud Urban Legends So much of the information spread around about scammers and fake military is nothing but urban legend. False information, misinterpretation, or rumors spread like lice in a preschool. This article will help to clear up many of these preconceptions [...]

RSN™ GUIDE: TO SEXTORTION

RSN™ GUIDE: TO SEXTORTION This Guide Is Intended For Teens, Young Adults, and Adults What Is Sextortion? Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is [...]

RSN™ Guide: To Being A Victim

The RSN Guide To Being A Victim This Is One Of Those Things That No One Will Tell You To Your Face! Every day we are contacted by hundreds of victims - sometimes more than a thousand. We deal with people during one of the worst times in their lives. They have been violated and abused, and now they need help. We get it. We know - because our team have been victims too. We [...]

RSN™ Guide: Saving Scammers’ Current Victims

Saving Scammers' Current Victims It Starts With You! Victims are everywhere! Scammers are everywhere! When you find a scammer profile you will see people commenting or friending that profile. These are men or women who are believing that the face in the photo is real. These are either already victims (and may just not know it yet) or are just waiting to be scammed. You can do something about this! It is very simple! It [...]

RSN™ Guide: Scam Baiting Is A Waste Of Time

Why Do People Scam Bait? Let's start with the basic problem. Victims want to regain control. When a person is scammed, especially a romance scam, they lose control. The scammer was in control and when the victim realizes this it is a profound shock. Every Victim Will Feel Betrayed & Powerless! Naturally, the victim wants to assert some control over their life and potentially over the scammers by taking action. Any action! This manifests itself [...]

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