Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc.
A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims.
Date: July 7, 2021
Author: SCARS Management
Type: SCARS Operational Policy
Status: Approved by the SCARS Board of Directors
This policy applies to the following websites:
- Anyscam.com ***
- SCARS Facebook Pages **
- SCARS Facebook Groups **
- Other Social Media **
- Other SCARS Owned Websites
SCARS maintains an ongoing commitment to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Accordingly, any personally identifiable information provided by you to us when you use our websites shall be used in accordance with the conditions outlined in this policy/agreement.
SCARS may change this policy periodically by updating this policy/agreement. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you continue to agree with the terms of this policy/agreement.
Information We Collect
This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the SCARS Websites. While using SCARS websites, you may have the opportunity to register for services, order products, make comments, send communications, submit membership requests, and make requests. Accordingly, depending on the process, you may be asked to provide the following types of Personally Identifiable Information:
- Postal Address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Demographic information
- Location information (Geographic & IP Address Geolocation is the utilization of a device IP address, along with other device signals, to determine geographical location.
An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label such as 192.0.2.1 that is connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two main functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing. An IP Address can be used to locate a physical computer's location.)
- Other information for memberships, volunteering, and other online applications Applications or Apps
An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc.
Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free.
Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware.
Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing.
- Additional information written and uploaded by the site visitor, including images uploaded
We may also retain the details of registrations for online, classroom, webinar, or other training programs offered by SCARS
Use of Personally Identifiable Information
SCARS takes your privacy very seriously. Accordingly, we agree that we will only use the information you provide for the specific purposes identified, and for general use associated with:
- to effectuate a registration or application made by you;
- to effectuate criminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. reports made by you;
- to evaluate applications for membership and/or volunteering;
- to provide access to private websites or social media;
- to provide tailored victims’ assistance services that SCARS provides;
- to fulfill your requests for services;
- to improve the content and overall look and feel of our Website and Services;
- to transact purchases of products provided through the SCARS Fundraising (Company) Store;
- and to contact you, conduct research, and provide reporting for internal and external relationships, when necessary
We agree that we will not share, sell, rent or otherwise distribute your Personally Identifiable Information with outside parties, except to provide products or services you’ve requested through us, including sharing your Personally Identifiable Information with instructors, speakers, and our partners who assist in providing any products or services you’ve registered to receive; or in response to a validly-issued subpoena, court order, or other legal process, or when necessary to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims made by you or on your behalf.
From time to time, we may employ the use of return email addresses to answer the email we receive from you, and send newsletters and other notices that you have agreed to receive. You may revoke that authorization at any time (see the notification for a unsubscribe or cancel function.)
Finally, we agree that we will never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us by you in any way that violates or is otherwise unrelated to the means described in this agreement, without your consent and an opportunity to withdraw consent or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.
It is the policy of SCARS to comply as possible with regulations and standards associated with privacy to the best of our ability.
Registrations & Applications
In order to use some features of the SCARS Websites, you must first complete the registration or application process. During registration or application, you are required to provide certain Personally Identifiable Information, including, but not limited to the information described above (see: “The Information We Collect”). This information will periodically be used by us to determine your suitability for the specific purpose, and to contact you about site news, updates, and changes to this policy, and to enable you to retrieve your password, if necessary.
Correction of Personally Identifiable Information
So that we may best serve you, you are responsible for ensuring that all Personally Identifiable Information you provide SCARS is maintained and kept current.
Please note: No personally identifiable information is collected with the cookies that we set. Accepting cookies while on the Website will not put the user at risk for marketing to other sites. Please review the separate website Cookies Policy, which includes a listing of known cookies.
SCARS records all webinars, live-online trainings, and other online events. Notice is given to all participants of a recorded event that the event is recorded. SCARS uses and shares recordings of online events for training, quality assurance, and other purposes, as stated in the recordings. Recorded events may be published on the SCARS Websites in keeping with the terms stated in the recording.
Because of the extremely large file sizes of recording, SCARS may at its option upload these videos to be privately stored on third-party cloud services or sites.
By participating in a recorded event, you consent to SCARS recording the event and sharing the recording in accordance with this policy.
Web Statistics & Shared Data
We collect and use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movement, and gather broad aggregate demographic information for reporting and sponsorship purposes. IP addresses are not linked to Personally Identifiable Information, except for user uploaded or directly entered information for security purposes.
From time to time, we may use non-identifiable aggregate information to better design our Website and to share with select affiliates. For example, we may share this information with a security services provider to help better secure the safety of our Websites, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to personally identify those individuals unless that information was directly uploaded by the Website visitor.
From time to time, we may host online events, such as webinars, with third-party vendors. We may share the Personally Identifiable Information of registrants of the event with such third-party vendors. Upon registration for any events in which Personally Identifiable information may be shared with a third party, registrants will be given notice and an opportunity to opt-out of having their Personally Identifiable Information shared in connection with the relevant event – this may include exclusion from these events.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have established appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online to the best of our ability.
Protecting the privacy of children is especially important to us. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information on our Websites from those we actually know are under 13, nor do we allow registration of users under the age of 13.
SCARS, by policy, does not provide services to individuals we know to be minors.
** Scope of this Agreement; Third-Party Websites
Although this agreement applies to the entirety of information obtained by you for the purpose of accessing or using content controlled and owned by SCARS, it does not apply to entities that are not owned or controlled by us.
This and all SCARS Websites contain links to other third-party websites. Please be aware that SCARS does not claim any responsibility for the privacy practices of these third-party sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our sites and to take reasonable precautions when sharing your personally identifiable information on third-party websites.
You may “opt-out“ of receiving newsletters, promotional offers, and other useful information from us. You may opt-out at any time. To opt-out, go to the “unsubscribe” that is typically a link at the bottom of the communication you would like to opt-out of receiving and follow the instructions in the link. Because we use third-party services to provide many of our communications, you must follow their process, and SCARS is not able to manually unsubscribe you from some services.
Please note: You may not unsubscribe from receiving service announcements and important content update information regarding some SCARS Websites, including but not limited to: service and account changes, Website upgrades, and site cancellation or business termination information. Additionally, SCARS will retain all records relating to SCARS services you may have used in perpetuity.
*** Criminal Reporting Information
Criminal or Scam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Reports submitted by you through our Reporting Websites are retained as-is, except where it violates our specific terms and conditions or other policies. These Websites may have separate Terms & Conditions associated with the submission and display and transmittal of this information. Refer to the Website for these additional Terms & Conditions. SCARS assumes no responsibility for any aspect of this user-submitted information as it is cover by the Communications Decency Act Section 230 of the United States Code.
SCARS may elect to delete certain information, either at the request of the submitter or because of policy violations at SCARS’ sole discretion.