Romance Scams Now™ Goes Forward With Law Suits Against Internet Trolls
A year ago we tried a crowdfunding campaign to increase our staffing. It was not successful, but someone went absolutely nuts over it and began attacking us constantly. It really comes down to them being a one man group with no real credentials and it's really professional (or the lack thereof) jealousy.
Ethics play a big role in what we do, but not everyone cares - they blow through the anti-scam world as though they own in and all the victims are just their property.
We have no secrets, and who and what we are and who is in and behind our organization is public record. Most anti-scam groups hide their identities, have no address or other identifying information, and are nothing more than a person or two in their bedroom or kitchen. Most anti-scam groups use fake names to hide their identities - they claim that they do this because they are afraid of scammers - but scammers are no real threat. Some aliases are understandable when hunting for scammers, but not in the operation of a group communicating with victims. We believe in transparency, and this both scares and angers other groups who are not very ethical or honest.
And of course there is the financial gain aspect. Some secretly ask victims for money. We have never asked a single victim for a cent. We are funded by grants from our parent company and always have been.
They also go after SCARS because of our affiliation, because they are effective and recognized by governments around the world. It comes down to a form of Munchausen for some, they don't want to see real change because their ego or personal power is locked up in a continuous stream of victims. They are only important because victims see them as important, not because of anything they actually do. Since we have been effective, along with those we work with, they feel threatened and therefore attack us - attack our employees individually and partners, and engage in character assassination unchecked. Unfortunately Facebook does nothing about such behavior.
But in the end, that is what courts are for. And regardless of where in the world they are, U.S. Courts hold sway.
Until the case is filed, we will not be able to disclose the other parties for risk of defaming them. Once it is FILED we will share who they are and the full details of their actions. We have already filed criminal complaints against one who is residing in the U.K. & Russia who is an especial pathetic Internet Troll who envisions himself a major internet publisher. The charges were filed for criminal fraud here in the State of Florida and with the U.S. FBI, and we will be filing other charges as well.
It is sad that this has to go in this direction, but there are pathetic people who rage against people who make a difference because they cannot. It really is that simple.
A. Garcia, RSN