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Welcome To Romance ScamsScams 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. Now’s Book Club

Featuring selected publications focused on exploring the world of Romance & Dating Scams.

Each month we will share our discoveries as we find them, with our thoughts and reviews. Of particular importance are our Featured Selections, which ate titles we strongly recommend that you read.

If you are already a survivorsSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on Anyscam.com of a romance scamScam 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., know someone that is, are currently living inside the tornado of a scam, or are just curious about this, please take a look at each of these.

FEATURED SELECTION

Love on the Line: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation by Elina Juusola (Author)

Love on the Line: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation by Elina Juusola (Author)

Love on the Line: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation

by Elina Juusola (Author)

Romance scams are devoid of love and emotion. Many people get to experience them the hard way and end up being victims of scammers; they may carry their guilt for the rest of their lives. In Love on the Line, Elina Juusola, ideas historian, committed feminist, and former researcher of pornography and violence against women, reflects on how romance scams relate to the ever-expanding world of pornography and the romance-book industry. Learn her story and know that anyone can be scammed. Become educated about romance scams, and learn how to recover from the ordeal with innovative flair by transmuting your negative emotions into a positive experience.

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RSN BOOK CLUB TITLES

AUGUST 2016

I Love YOU, Send Money: Internet Romance Scam Paperback – July 22, 2013 by W Lawrence Lipton (Author)

I Love YOU, Send Money: Internet Romance Scam Paperback
by W Lawrence Lipton (Author)

I Love YOU, Send Money: Internet Romance Scam

by W Lawrence Lipton (Author)

To find love is, at best, a Sisyphean occupation, yet it is an occupational activity desired by so many.Internet Romance Scams are operated by both men and women, straight or gay. The target is irrelevant, the basic script remains the same:
“Hello, I’m upper class, single, attractive and find you attractive, I love you, help me solve my immediate problem, it’s financial, send me money and we’ll be together forever.”

Unlike most books which deal with what are now known as Nigerian scams, this book allows you to follow an actual series of exchanges between known practitioners and Ralph – a successful 68 year-old retired widower. The woman have one thing going for them, Ralph’s love-life has been one of marked by a series of very successful whirlwind relationships. From past experience, Ralph is a strong believer in ‘love-at-first-sight’ – even when first sight consists of an email followed by her making the initial visit.

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JULY 2016

Cyber Love's Illusions: Romance Scams . . . a Virtual Pandemic Paperback – May 31, 2010 by Anna Alden-Tirrill (Author), Jonathan Van Helsin (Author)

Cyber Love’s Illusions: Romance Scams . . . a Virtual Pandemic Paperback
by Anna Alden-Tirrill (Author), Jonathan Van Helsin (Author)

Cyber Love’s Illusions: Romance Scams . . . a Virtual Pandemic

by Anna Alden-Tirrill (Author), Jonathan Van Helsin (Author)

The scourge of Romance Scams has invaded Internet Dating Sites, Social Networking Sites, Instant Messaging Systems and other venues on the Internet. These scam artists wormWorm Like a virus, it can replicate itself and spread — but without any action by you. their way into the lives of their victims, winning their trust and then conning their victims out of their money, their credit and eventually their credibility. When the scam artists receive their money, they turn a large portion of it over to various Islamic terror organizations, so they can finance their activities . . . completing their evil chain of terrorism finance. Once these metadata changes are made, you can eliminate the “Title Information Changing” tag and once the cover is changed, you can put it back into production.

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APRIL 2016

Dating To The Bank: How Heart Hackers Will Defraud You With Romance Scams in the name of Love - by Akin Emmanuel (Author)

Dating To The Bank: How Heart Hackers Will Defraud You With Romance Scams in the name of Love – by Akin Emmanuel (Author)

Dating To The Bank: How Heart Hackers Will Defraud You With Romance Scams in the name of Love

by Akin Emmanuel (Author)

Are serpents on the prowl on dating sites and social networks, lurking to hypnotize and charm you with romance scams and defraud you in the name of love? Most certainly. Subtle but ruthless, cunning but heartless, they’ll hide under flexible identity and romance you to the hilt, meanwhile taking your money, your time, your rights and properties – and still break your heart!

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MARCH 2016

Gerty Bites Back (Facebook Fakes): How to deal with romance scams Paperback – by Stephen Lee Ostrowski

Gerty Bites Back (Facebook Fakes): How to deal with romance scams Paperback – by Stephen Lee Ostrowski

Gerty Bites Back (Facebook Fakes): How to deal with romance scams

by Stephen Lee Ostrowski

I have been a scambaiter for several years now, among other things, and I am on a quest to humiliate scammers, waste their time, and name and shameShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. them wherever possible. Online scams can cover every aspect of life including Lottery scamsLottery Scams These scams involve someone claiming you won a prize. However, they say you must pay a fee or provide sensitive banking information in order to get it. They keep the money, and you get nothing for it., Inheritance scams, Investment scamsInvestment Scams When a caller claims to have a promising investment opportunity that will help you get rich quick, it's likely a scam. ….the list goes on. My main interest however, is Romance scams. These scams can be particularly cruel as the victims are often dealt a double blow both emotionally, and financially. To the untrained eye, the scammers can be quite convincing. To the trained eye, they are full of flaws. In this book we aim to highlight their shortcomings and make them look completely stupid in their efforts to scam our decoy Facebook profile “Gertrude Gutbucket”. Gertrude, or “Gerty” as she is affectionately known sprang to life from my early involvement with a support groupSupport Group In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers. for those who have suffered at the hands of romance scammers. In an effort to exact some kind of revenge on behalf of the group members, Gerty was thrust into action to play known scammers at their own game, with the resulting conversations being posted onto the group wall purely for the entertainment value that her correspondence with the scammers created. Two groups benefit from Gerty’s adventures and she has become something of a cult figure within those two groups as the hapless scammers try to encourage Gerty to send them money by any means possible with hilarious results……

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FEBRUARY 2016

 

AARP Protecting Yourself Online For Dummies Kindle Edition by Nancy C. Muir (Author), Ryan C. Williams (Author)

AARP Protecting Yourself Online For Dummies Kindle Edition

by Nancy C. Muir (Author), Ryan C. Williams (Author)

AARP Protecting Yourself Online For Dummies Kindle Edition

by Nancy C. Muir AND Ryan C. Williams

Protect your privacy and use the internet safely!

Don’t let news about internet risks deter you from taking full advantage of its benefits! The web is such an amazing and useful resource for connecting with friends and family, shopping, banking, catching up on current events, and getting help in a myriad of ways. Let AARP’s Protecting Yourself Online For Dummies arm you with the information you need to use the internet with confidence. You’ll learn:

  • How and why risks can occur
  • Steps to protect yourself from identity theftIdentity Theft Identity theft is when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. In both the U.K. and the United States it is the theft of personally identifiable information. Identity theft deliberately uses someone else's identity as a method to gain financial advantages or obtain credit and other benefits, and perhaps to cause other person's loss. The person whose identity has been stolen may suffer adverse consequences, especially if they are falsely held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Personally identifiable information generally includes a person's name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, bank account or credit card numbers, PINs, electronic signatures, fingerprints, passwords, or any other information that can be used to access a person's financial resources., fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim., and e-mail scams
  • Expert tips for creating strong passwords and storing them safely
  • Information you need to keep your online banking and shopping accounts safe

By reading this guide and following a few safety precautions, you can be confident and risk-free as you enjoy a connected, digital life online!

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