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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: Clones – Copying Profiles & Identities

RSN™ Guide: Clones - Copying Profiles & Identities Cloning - Can My Real Grandmother Please Stand Up? Portions from Anonymous Most of us have heard someone say this: "Someone Cloned My Profile" And they alert you that their profile must have been cloned! (they other over used favorite is "someone hacked by profile") The Urban Legend is that almost every account is being cloned. Your picture and your name have been used to create a [...]

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS – Chapter 2 – Scammers Are Stupid – Updated

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS - Chapter 2 - Scammers Are Stupid You Hear This All The Time From Victims One of the things that is disturbing about many scam victims is the need to invent a mythology about scammers that simply isn't true. Unfortunately, incompetent anti-scam groups do this too. This is a natural reaction, but it is wrong This is especially true when you are confronting someone that you can do nothing about. For example a [...]

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS – Chapter 1 – The Lone Scammer – Updated

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS - Chapter 1 - The Lone Scammer Online Scamming Has Changed A Lot Over The Decades That It Has Existed Originally published December 2017, Updated October 2018 Online scamming started with the old Compuserve and America Online, and then other services of that type before the web really got started. It came into play in chat rooms and messaging on these services. As The Web Came Into Its Own, And Dating Websites Came [...]

RSN™ Special Report: Ghanaian Scammer’s Money God Empire

RSN™ Special Report: Ghanaian Scammer's Money God Empire ("MGE") In Ghana (And Leaking Into Neighboring Countries) A New Kind Of Money Ritual Has Evolved It appears to be borrowing from the Nigerian Yahoo Plus, with a dash of Sakawa thrown in. However, it is also uniquely Ghana. It is all amount blessing the scammer, as much for their motivation as a criminal as for their success. The scammers that engage in this are the lower level [...]

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS – Chapter 4 – Obsessive Scammer Exposing – Updated

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS - Chapter 4 - Obsessive Scammer Exposing Originally published chapters 3 and 4 were together, we split them for greater clarity. The Compulsion To Expose! When someone is recently victimized by a romance scammer they fall into one of four main categories: Those that simply hide Those that panic Those that are enraged & want revenge Those that want to understand After some time passes they will develop distinct Mindsets, but that is not [...]

RSN™ Insight: Understanding Nigeria – Understanding African Corruption

RSN™ Insight: Understanding Nigeria - Understanding African Corruption To Really Solve The Problem Of Nigerian Based Scamming We Need To Engage At Many Levels We need to engage at the international diplomatic level, at the global law enforcement level, but we also need to understand the inherent corruption of Nigeria, both internally and across their region. The following article from Nigeria paints a detailed picture of the internal societal corruption that has spawned today's Yahoo Boys. [...]

RSN™ Insight: Scam Recovery & Name Calling – Just Stop It!

RSN™ Insight: Scam Recovery & Name Calling - Just Stop It! After You Are Scammed You Feel Anger And Rage And Hate Towards Your Scammer! It is natural to want to put the scammer down, but is it helpful? People call other people names for a variety of reasons but mostly it only diminishes them. Name Calling and What It Implies - Be Careful What You Imply About Yourself When You Resort To Name Calling Why [...]

The Story Of Kira Lee Orsag AKA Dani Daniels

The Story Of Kira Lee Orsag AKA Dani Daniels - American Porn Stars Do Not Live In Ghana Every Day We Are Contacted By Men And Women Who Have The Unshaking Belief That The Face In The Photo Was The Actual Person That Scammed Them It doesn't matter if it was a soldier or an adult star, they believe it - they just know it! And they are angry and want revenge! Every day we [...]

RSN™ Special Report: Millennials Are Scammed More Often Than Parents

RSN™ Special Report: Millennials Are Scammed More Often Than Parents Millennials Scammed Out Of More Money Than Their Grandparents Move over, grandma and grandpa. Your Millennial grandkids reported losing money to financial scams last year more than you did, new government data shows. In all, 40 percent of Americans in their twenties who reported fraud in 2017 indicated they lost money to the schemes, the Federal Trade Commission said last week in its annual databook [...]

RSN™ Guide: What Really Is Western Union?

RSN™ Guide: What Really Is Western Union? The Western Union Company Is An American Financial Service And Communications Company Few know that it is also the World's Largest BANK, with branches in nearly 150 countries. Its North American headquarters is in Meridian, Colorado, although the postal designation of nearby Englewood is used in its mailing address. Up until it discontinued the service in 2006, Western Union was the best-known U.S. company in the business of [...]

A Message From The Real Corin Riggs

A Message From The Real Corin Riggs We Received A Comment Recently From The Real Corin Riggs About The Theft And Use Of Her Photos: I am Corin Riggs and I know you are all being scammed :) I am not single or looking to date, nor do I need money. I am financially doing quite well. I definitely do not live outside of the USA and never will. Sorry to hear you all fell [...]

Urban Legends: Yahoo Is Shutting Down

Urban Legends: Yahoo Is Shutting Down Yahoo was recently purchased by Verizon In the process of reworking Yahoo, several changes are taking place. Unfortunately, there are a number of people spreading false rumors about this. One such rumor is that Yahoo Mail is shutting down! Yahoo mail is NOT closing down. Yahoo messenger is, and Yahoo is clearing out the inactive account. Urban legends like this are a big reason why so many victims have [...]

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS: Chapter 9 – Victims Are Stupid?

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS: Chapter 9 - Victims Are Stupid? Actually, scam victims may have done something dumb, but they are almost never stupid! In fact, the vast majority of romance scams victims are above average intelligence It's fair to wonder, who falls for this stuff? "That's the magic question," asked Marti DeLiema, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Center on Longevity who focuses on financial fraud. "The answer is, there's no easy answer." from an article [...]

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS: Chapter 8 – Who Is Responsible?

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS: Chapter 8 - Who Is Responsible? Who Is Responsible For Scamming? We constantly hear from victims that say that someone (pick a person) is responsible for global scamming! Unfortunately, yes, there are many who are responsible and some who are not. Let's Look At The Genesis Of Global Online Fraud It all starts (basically) with the Advance Fee Fraud known as 419 - "419" refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code [...]

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS: Chapter 7 – No One Is Doing Anything!

SCAMMER URBAN LEGENDS: Chapter 7 - No One Is Doing Anything! Nothing Is Being Done? We constantly hear from victims that say that no one is doing anything, or that nothing is being done! Unfortunately, it can certainly seem that way. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Most people believe that all crime is handled the way they see it on TV. You report it, and the police jump on it immediately. By [...]

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