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SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams If Someone You Don’t Know Sends You A Check And Asks For Money Back, That’s A Scam Fake checks drive many types of scams — like those involving phony job and income opportunities, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than you are owed — [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released Data Reflects an Evolving Threat and the Importance of Reporting “Criminals are getting so sophisticated. It is getting harder and harder for victims to spot the red flags and tell real from fake.” Donna Gregory, chief, IC3 Internet-enabled crimes and scams show no signs of letting up, according to data released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in its 2019 Internet Crime Report. The last calendar year saw [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Join the FTC and its partners for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if you or someone you know runs into problems. What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Fighting Cybercriminals In A Connected Future World

SCARS™ Special Report: Fighting Cybercriminals In A Connected Future World Insights From The Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference Examined Latest Cyber Threats, Trends And Strategies At The Hague, Netherlands 2019 A couple of months back, more than 400 experts from law enforcement, the private sector, and academia have gathered this week at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague for what is one of the world’s biggest platforms of exchange on cybercrime. Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference examined the latest [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Australian Bushfires and Scams

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Australian Bushfires and Scams An Alert from the Official ScamWatch https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ Australian Bushfires Spawn Scammers Too! The start of 2020 has not been an easy one for Australia, particularly those impacted by the bushfires. Australia's office government Scamwatch is warning all Australians to be on the lookout for fundraising scams and do their research when donating so that money can get to those who are in need, rather than those who would [...]

SCARS™ Scammers Arrested: China Captures 99,000 Telecom Fraud Suspects In Campaign

SCARS™ Scammers Arrested: China Captures 99,000 Telecom Fraud Suspects In Campaign Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-25 18:09:58|Editor: huaxia BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have cracked 118,000 cases of telecom fraud and captured 99,000 suspects during their "Cloud Sword" operation launched in June, the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday. "The figures marked a year-on-year increase of 62.7 percent and 135.6 percent, respectively", said Liu Zhongyi, director of the criminal investigation bureau under the ministry, at a [...]

SCARS™ Scam News: Malaysia Arrests More Than 1,000 Online Scammers!

SCARS™ Scam News: Malaysia Arrests More Than 1,000 Online Scammers! Largest Online Scam Headquarters Raided by Malaysian Police / Immigration Department, 1,000 Arrested On the 20th of November, the Malaysian Immigration Department and Police raided a premise in Cyberjaya, Malaysia suspected to be the headquarters of the largest online scam syndicate in Malaysia. According to Malay Mail, they raided Wisma Mustapha Kamal in Neocyber where almost 1,000 Chinese nationals were arrested. Photos released on Facebook show [...]

SCARS™ Victim’s Stories: Australian Scammer’s Mule Grandmother Who Faced Death By Hanging In Malaysia Has Had Her Conviction Overturned

SCARS™ Victim's Stories: Australian Scammer's Mule Grandmother Who Faced Death By Hanging In Malaysia Has Had Her Conviction Overturned An Australian Grandmother Who Faced Death By Hanging Over Importing Ice Into Malaysia Has Her Conviction Quashed After Claiming She Was Duped By Her Cambodian Boyfriend The Australian woman who faced death by hanging has had her conviction overturned - Maria Exposto was sentenced to death after being convicted of smuggling ice for her romance scam "boyfriend." [...]

SCARS™ Scam News: Breaking News – Almost 1,000 Scammers Arrested In Malaysia

SCARS™ Scam News: Breaking News - Almost 1,000 Scammers Arrested In Malaysia Malaysia Arrests 1,000 Scammers In Country's Biggest Anti-Scam Operation! The Malaysian Immigration Department assaulted the premises that were suspected to be the headquarters of the online scam group that was coordinating Local and Chinese scammers in Cyberjaya just a while ago. Almost 1,000 people were arrested operating out of this technology business district. A special media conference will be held tomorrow [...]

SCARS™ Reference Library: Interacting with Scam Victims for Law Enforcement Officers, a SCARS Guide

SCARS™ Reference Library: Interacting with Scam Victims for Law Enforcement Officers, a SCARS Guide Basic Guidelines on Approaching & Interacting with Victims of Cyber-Enabled Crime (Online Scams) Download PDF Versions here » BACKGROUND The way people cope as victims of crime depends largely on their experiences immediately following the crime. As a law enforcement officer, you are usually the first official to approach victims. For this reason, you are in a unique position to help [...]

SCARS™ Scam News: Anti-Scam Story Of The Year! Arrests Exceed 70,000 Worldwide in 2019

SCARS™ Scam News: Anti-Scam Story Of The Year! Arrests Exceed 70,000 Worldwide in 2019 WORLDWIDE ARRESTS OF CYBERCRIMINALS HAVE PASSED 70,000 - COMPARED TO 21,000 IN 2018 China alone is responsible for more than 60,000 cyber/scammer arrests in 2019 [Source: China's Ministry of State Security & China News Service - as related by SCARS|CHINA] Internet Crime Crackdown Leads To 60,000 Arrests Officially Announced On November 15, 2019 By The Official PRC News Agency Internet [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic] The Federal Trade Commission Is Warning U.S. Social Security Recipients Of A New Scam Coming By Robocall According to the FTC: We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) IF YOU GET A CALL LIKE [...]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: The Proper Scam Reporting Process [Infographics]

SCARS™ Scam Basics: The Proper Scam Reporting Process [Infographics] Yes It Makes A Difference How You Report Scammers Just posting a name, or photo, or link on Facebook accomplishes very little or nothing. It is strictly a placebo (unless people are actively taking down the fake profiles). But it does NOTHING to get them arrested. Neither does posting them on any of the thousands of amateur pretender or fake anti-scam group websites. SCARS is the [...]