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Skype Dangers

Skype Calling Dangers Some have asked why they use Skype? The first thing you have to ask yourself is why not? Scammers individually are not very smart. There are brilliant ones, and others incredibly dumb. But scamming is an industry, and like any industry, they have supporters - technicians and technologists that provide services for scammers. A woman was recently arrested in the Uk for writing scripts for scammers - and she made a good [...]

The Emotional Traps To Watch Out For

Psychology of Scams The emotional traps to watch out for Criminals are using age-old techniques to manipulate the way we think and act, leaving us vulnerable to scams. IDCARE counsellor Suli Malet-Warden explains the psychological games that scammers play to entrap their victims. ROMANCE SCAMS During the grooming stage, the criminal works on eliciting a high level of trust to manipulate the victim into what the criminal terms the 'ether state'. This state is characterised by [...]

Why Don’t Victims Report Crimes?

Why Don't Victims Report Crimes? The main reason victims don't report crimes to the police or the FBI is that they are either afraid, ashamed, or prefer to handle the matter in another way, such as report the incident to someone else. According to a 2012 study conducted by the U.S. Justice Department National Center for Crime Victims, that analyzed the reasons that roughly 52 percent of all crimes were not reported to the police [...]

Our Attention Is Being Manipulated

Our Attention Is Being Manipulated Is The Race To Control Our Attention On Social Media Increasing Our Vulnerability To Scams? A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and [...]

Thousands Of Lonely Women Are Duped Each Year

Thousands Of Lonely Women Are Duped Each Year Click On The Pages For The Full Size Image Of The Page

Editorial: What Are We To Do About Scams?

Editorial: What Are We To Do? For over 26 years the scammers were gaining ground. In fact, scams went up by at least 50% each and every year - in some years it doubled. Let's Be Very Clear We Are In A War Against Online Scams! Online scammers are able to operate with impunity throughout Africa, and in many other countries, without fear or prosecution.  This War Against Online Scams leaves a million casualties a [...]

SCARS & RSN

Welcome to the Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams Romance Scams Now is a part of our organization. To tell you all a little bit about SCARS - we are a non-profit corporation domiciled in the United States. We are what is characterized as a Non-Governmental Organization - an NGO. We were founded in 2015 (though RSN has its origin in 1991). We provide: Anti-Scam Advocacy Government Policy Development Cybercriminal Reporting Network - the SCARS [...]

Government Grants Scams

SCAM WARNING: Beware of "Free Money from the Government" The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. How It Works: You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government, and that you could be eligible, too. You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and are told [...]

Victim’s Connect Resource Center Registered

SCARS Milestone! The Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS] is now a registered Victim's Assistance & Support Organization with the Victim's Connect Resource Center which is an initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime of the United States Department of Justice. You will find us in Miami, Florida, USA: https://victimconnect.org/get-help/connect-directory/ To learn more about the National Center for Victims of Crime visit their website: http://victimsofcrime.org   [...]

Welcome To The Real World

RSN EDITORIAL: Welcome To The Real World Why Doesn't The World Stop Organized Crime Online? This is one of those "Be Careful What You Wish For Moments." Or it could also be described as one of those Unforeseen Consequences! Let's start with how the real world is on the Internet. Once upon a time the United States invented the Internet for itself. In fact, our founder was on the Internet (then called the APRAnet) in 1981. AOL [...]

Mistakes Scam Victims Make

Common Mistakes Most Online Scam Victims Make After a scam, most victims go through a variety of emotional states! First there is denial, then comes anger, and judgment goes out the window! Unfortunately, when you are a victim of a crime, you need to try to think as clearly as possible, and recover your mental equilibrium. This is not easy, but by losing your head you make your own recovery and law enforcement that much [...]

SCARS (and RSN) Are A Partner Organization In Stop | Think | Connect Program.

SCARS Are A Partner Organization In Stop | Think | Connect Program This includes RSN Too as the SCARS Scam Avoidance Education and Scam Victims' Assistance & Support Unit Stop.Think.Connect.™ It is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. The Campaign’s main objective is to help you become more aware of growing cyber threats and arm you with the [...]

Romance Scam Victimisation

Romance & Relationship Scam Victimization Victimization (or victimisation) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. Research that studies the process, rates, incidence, and prevalence of victimization is called Victimology. vic·tim·i·za·tion ˌviktəməˈzāSH(ə)n,ˌviktəˌmīˈzāSH(ə)n/ A Noun :: the action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment. "we should be able to speak up without fear of victimization" There are a few different types of Victimization: Peer Victimization Peer Victimization: is the common experience among children of being a [...]

ABOUT ANTI-SCAMMERS

ABOUT ANTI-SCAMMERS ONLINE AND IN SOCIAL MEDIA For 26 years we have been attempting to help others be aware of and overcome scams. We were founded by the cofounder of several major online businesses, such as TigerDirect, and through those lenses he saw the initiation and evolution of online scams. Over the years, we became increasingly aware of how similar, and actually identical, being a scam victim was to being a drug addict. [...]

New Online Safety Law

Proposed Congressional Bill: Online Safety Modernization Act of 2017 Would make doxxing and other online acts a federal crime! As a part of their election promises, this administration committed to make us safer online and to create mechanisms to go after global online criminal organizations. Already we have seen to significant Elective Orders from President Trump, and now Congress is continuing the momentum with the Online Safety Modernization Act of 2017 At no time in [...]

FBI’s 2016 Internet Crime Report

2016 Internet Crime Report The United States Department of Justice's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) Releases Their Annual Report Highlighting Trends in Internet Crime As usual, only about 3% of victims will report their crime to the government. So the result is that 97% of the numbers are unknown to them. The result of the constant under-reporting by victims is that government neither fully understands the scope and magnitude of these crime, and they also [...]

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