SCARS|RSN™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 7 – No One Is Doing Anything!

/SCARS|RSN™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 7 – No One Is Doing Anything!

SCARS|RSN™ Scammer Urban Legends: Chapter 7 – No One Is Doing Anything!

|RSN™ 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 the end of the episode, the criminals are found, arrested, tried in court, and sentenced.

Except that the real world doesn’t work like that.

2018- Over 21,000-scammers-arrested

2018- Over 21,000-scammers-arrested

First A Reality Check!

Most scammers do not live where you live – regardless of what their fake profiles say.

They live in Africa, Malaysia, Russia, and elsewhere. So by definition, they live in another country with their own laws and their own – most of them are also very corrupt.

In most of the world, the process to get a criminal arrested in another country is extreme, then you have to deal with the extradition to a favorable country where the criminal can be tried. But scammers live in shit-hole countries where the rule of law can be bought for not very much money. In Ghana or Nigeria, you can buy a cop for US$10 a month!

Additionally, in the case of West Africa, as long as they are not scamming local citizens their country really doesn’t care. Why should they waste resources arresting people when they actually need the cash flowing into their country?

This makes the vast majority of scammers immune from arrest and prosecution.

Of course, there are exceptions, but those are so few as to be almost nonexistent.

Second, Do You Even Know Who Scammed You?

With over 400 million fake identities in use (per SCARS analysis 2017), it is rare that a victim knows the real identity of their scammers.

Notice we said scammers – plural – because most victims are scammed by teams of scammers. There will be multiple individuals communicating with the victim under one identity. Plus the scammers us others to pick up the money – either mules (a victim who is willingly helping a scammer, though many do not know it) or their agents in the money transfer services. The result is: it is very unlikely that you have the scammer’s name.

Who will the police arrest if you don’t have a real name?

Third, Investigations On Demand!

Most somehow believe that they will hand over a name and someone will immediately launch a full-scale global investigation to find who the scammer really is and where they are.

We receive over 150 such demands a day.

But think about that… Who will pay for all of that investigative work, across multiple borders in multiple countries?

Victims by and large, are unwilling to even report scammers, much less financially support investigations. Also, any investigative service or company that offers this for a fee is most likely a scammer themselves.

The FBI will do it, right?

It is true the national police forces do investigate crimes, but they only have the resources they have and are not able to chase down every possible report that is made.

What they do instead is accumulate information until they have enough to justify more action.

This is one of the keys to the SCARS|CDN™ Anti-Scam Data Reporting Network (,, and about 50 other reporting entry points – including the RSN Facebook pages). Information is collected and distributed to those that need it, and it is maintained permanently so that as more information comes in it can trigger investigations.

Every report matters, but not always at that moment.

Most victims do not even bother to report scammers, and those that do rarely have complete information. So it has to be aggregated into a massive database where it can be searched and cross-referenced to be made usable. This is how all law enforcement really works – data collection, data filtering and mining, and data reporting to produce a picture that can be understood and exploited.

Fourth, How Do They Get Arrested?

There are two main enforcement models being employed now.

  1. Watch lists and apprehension: This means that the reports help provide background information when a scammer applies for visas or immigration approval. It also can be used at frontiers to hold a person that appears on a watch list. Currently, this is in its beginning stages for tracking scammers – is very advanced for terrorists, but global criminal data is evolving and being developed and needs much more cooperation and effort on the part of Western Countries. However, real progress is being made. Our network is a perfect example of that!
  2. Asset Seizures: while African countries do not want to arrest most scammers, they do value the money that scammers earn. Tax collectors in Africa and elsewhere have started to focus on going after the money and property that scammers acquire. This is far easier for local African prosecutors to bypass the police and just seize the money and property, shutting down a scammer and leaving them penniless and on the street. While this is not a perfect solution, it is very workable – especially when going after the largest of the scammer bosses – unless they are truly protected by their government – which many are.

However, many countries where scammers operate are very serious about arrests, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Western Countries, and even the Philippines.

China is also now recognizing the danger that scammers play, and almost monthly are shipping back Chinese scammers caught in other countries back to China to stand trial. China even signed an agreement of principals with SCARS in December 2017.

In the United States scammer mules are now being prosecuted as well, especially those that not only receive and launder money, but that also receive and reship merchandise purchased from stolen credit cards. Europe is also beginning to follow this model too. Of course, the rest of the world has always treated scammer mules as criminals.

Fifth, Why Isn’t It Stopping?

Think about other kinds of crimes and how long it took to change society’s perception of these criminals! Rape, Drunk Driving, are just two that took more than a generation to change. Rape took nearly 100 years of criminal justice reform to create real change for victims and it is still far from perfect. Drunk Driving especially was a hard one – the laws already existed, they just needed to be consistently enforced. It took the creation of an organization called Mothers Against Drunk Driving, working tirelessly for a couple of decades to get us to the point that drunk driving is no longer tolerated.

The same is true for global online fraud.

In 1991 our organization began observing and tracking online fraud. We tried all the usual techniques – education and exposing scammers, but victims don’t believe it will happen to them until it does. Then it is too late.

In 2015 the [SCARS] ( or – both go to the same place) was founded by Dr. Tim McGuinness, a pioneer in ecommerce and co-founder of a multi-billion dollar online consumer electronics retailer.

The mission of SCARS is two-fold:

  1. Provide scam avoidance education and online crime victims assistance and support (registered under the United States Department of Justice).
  2. Serve as a victims advocate working with governments and law enforcement around the world to bring about new laws, regulations, policies and processes to create change, and enforce the rule of law.

Since its founding, there have been more than 100 news laws enacted in 15 countries.

In the United States, SCARS met with candidate Trump to obtain his commitment to help with this global crisis, and since his election, he has signed several new laws and 3 executive orders that are having a real impact.

You There Scammer! We're Coming For You! President Donald Trump

You There Scammer! We’re Coming For You! President Donald Trump

Sixth, More Needs To Be Done!

Unfortunately, there is too much aimless wasted effort in the anti-scam community. Too much is focused on hating scammers (and competing groups) and almost nothing on real changes.

SCARS is making a difference, and for the first time in 26 years, romance scams are down by 22% in 2017 – mostly by improved global enforcement, information sharing, and common cause. But this work is costly, and funds are limited for this work. Today, almost no major funding comes from government to fight global fraud except for within the existing policing agencies. Those same policing agencies are a part of the problem since they grossly underestimate the magnitude of the problem (mostly because victims do not report these crimes) and are thinking locally instead of globally – however, this is changing and will change more as time passes.

Of course, hearing that work is being down is little comfort if you are already a victim. However, this is the path we have to follow. Nothing this major happens overnight – this is not to excuse it, but it is just the reality.

SCARS and their members are working every day to bring this plague to an end. The more you support those efforts the more weight they can bring to bear on it. The more you hide from the reality of this, the more you are enabling scammers.

Next time you see someone saying “Nothing Is Being Done” remind them that there is progress but we are all in this together!

Every voice is important as long as we all sing the same song!

We hope you agree.

Please let us know what you think?

SCARS the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Incorporated


A SCARS Division
Miami Florida U.S.A.



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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. Your National Police or FBI (
  3. The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on

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  1. Kris February 10, 2018 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Why does it seem facebook is making it easier for scammers? Are they making money off the scammers?

    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team February 10, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply


  2. Agnes Kulak February 2, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I too was scammed, but I fought and hunted until I got the help I needed in order to get some of my money back, but all in all, I did get it all back. The scammer is on almost every site and is still trying to get money from “Woman” mostly and he is a con artist and has about 14 different names on many sites. I am grateful to this site for all that you have done in these situations. It is a Multi-Billion business and I am so grateful to this site for all that you are doing in working very hard to do something about the monumental problem that is happening all over the world. Thank you for what you are doing.

  3. Lynda January 31, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your time to explain how it really works in tbe real world. I have been a victim of a romance scam and I will report the names of tbe persons to whom I did transcer money as the name of the scammer is not real. He had a fske US passport tbat looks so valid. It is unbelivable how easy to make fake documents on the Web. You need to keep inform women particulay on every platform possible how easy to be scammed. I did not know that it was possible and I lost few tnousand dollars

  4. Anonymous January 31, 2018 at 10:50 pm - Reply


    • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team February 1, 2018 at 4:04 am - Reply


      • anton February 5, 2018 at 10:45 pm - Reply

        hello me i want report i have mny prouf i hve copy details in my email with hes confirmacion payments about tel he says he ie sailor he cant give me hes number its one of way mybe ruls of them never they give phone nr after i get some adres both 99.9 and 2000%%%its fake cos i hve complet aplicacion with hes name email adress and all detailsof his confirmacion i hve anounce on finn norway he try t buy me a tel ….. i caant include the name of model both after all this confirmacion payment h sayd he talk alredy wth chartered bank canadian thats strange they confirm me payment to my name that means til i dot send product i wil not get the money and of cours enever y get back than on the end h say he ned this te for his son after i ask him al documents driving licens bank card etc fmily name no answer after i ask him again on sunday im waiting hes documents no answer than of course its scamer this is one of hes answer

        Hi There,
        Thanks for getting back to me, i really appreciate your response. I am a sailor and i found the ..i hve ben delet informacion here……………………………… and i want to buy and ship the Telephone to my Son schooling in United Kingdom as a surprise gift for his new promotion in Class. Also willing to transfer the money Via money transfer from my bank in Canada for the payment. I have already discuss this with my bank and i was told that there will be no problem about that. Kindly get back to me with the amount you are willing to sell the Telephone with the whole package and the sending cost by through the Posten Office.

        Regards no name
        all this cos i hve anounce in website on link in N…. and he want buy both i dont send to him nothing i hve diferents confirmacion i toke screnshot both i cant put cos downstars on top i ned to sign lke tru i know its scamer and i hve alredy ask wht i ned for his documents and from saturday i dont get no answer both hope this confirmacion y can understand its scamer he atach me link i cant open loks like screnshot wth informacion he complet alredy with RED WRITINGS

        • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team February 6, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

          This is not the way to report scammers. Posting it in a comment is a waste. Look in our menu for How To Report A Scammer.

          • Anton February 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

            ok i try t go in that aplicacion both i ned t wait his documents t agree on the end if y want y can delet my post i just tell you my experience ONLY THAT

          • Romance Scams Now Editorial Team February 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

            You do not need to wait. You can report just the email address, just the facebook profile, etc.

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