USA – LAW ENFORCEMENT / AGENCIES

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™ 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 [...]

Knowledge – SCARS™

SCARS™ Insight: Phishing the Famous - Cybercriminal Sentenced Man Who Targeted Celebrities Sentenced; Simple Precautions Can Keep Your Information Safe Kwamaine Ford traveled in famous circles. He worked for a celebrity and had social media accounts that showed him living a glamorous life, surrounded by well-known people. But Ford, now 28, funded his lifestyle with an illegal hobby—using his knowledge of celebrities to phish their personal accounts and charge the associated credit cards. Between 2015 [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Romance Scams Led All Consumer Fraud In 2018

SCARS™ Insight: Romance Scams Led All Consumer Fraud In 2018 Overall Romance Scams Are Still Below The Record Year Of 2016, But Reporting Is Up Making It Look Higher According to CNN: Scams that prey on people's loneliness and emotional vulnerability cost Americans more money than any other fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2018. More than 21,000 people were tricked into sending money to their supposed sweetheart last year -- to the [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Reporting Scams To U.S. State Police Cybercrime Agencies

SCARS™ Guide: Reporting Scams To U.S. State Police Cybercrime Agencies As A Result Of Actions By The Trump Administration, State Police Agencies Throughout The United States Have Substantially Improved Their Cybercrime Investigative And Support Capabilities As a result we recommend now that instead of reporting to local law enforcement that you contact your state police cybercrimes unit. Here Is A Directory With Links To State Police Cybercrime Agencies In The U. S. Of [...]

SCARS™ Advocacy: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

SCARS™ Advocacy: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October is the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans (and people worldwide) have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. NCSAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps [...]

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government Study Finds Millennials Are 25 Percent More Likely To Report Scams

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government Study Finds Millennials Are 25 Percent More Likely To Report Scams Even So, That Raises It From About 5% To 7% Of Them The Federal Trade Commission Says Millennials Are 25 Percent More Likely To Report That They Have Lost Money To Fraud Than Consumers Aged 40 And Over! However, that is not a glaring endorsement of Millenials since they fall for scams at a far higher rate than older adults. [...]

SCARS™ Advocacy: Are You Using Match.com? FTC Finally Brings Action!

SCARS™ Advocacy: Are You Using Match.com? FTC Finally Brings Action! The Federal Government Takes Action Against Match.com For Their Failure To Maintain Safety For Their Users Online Dating Sites Are A Common Way People Seek Romance - But What If, Instead Of A Potential Match, You Find A Scammer? Today, the FTC announced a lawsuit against Match.com, challenging several of Match’s business practices, including ones that the FTC says exposed customers to romance scammers. [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Historic International Statement Signed

SCARS™ Special Report: Historic International Statement Signed Joint Statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace Signed This Week! As a result of President Trump's recent activity with the United Nations progress is being achieved in many areas, and this is but one. 27 NATIONS INK CYBERSECURITY PLEDGE Twenty-seven nations signed a statement today reaffirming their commitment to constructing a framework for responsible state behavior in cyberspace. The statement, Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, [...]

SCARS™ Analytics: Romance Scams Rank Number One On Total Reported Losses

SCARS™ Analytics: Romance Scams Rank Number One On Total Reported Losses According to the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, Romance Scams Come Out On Top! People looking for romance are hoping to be swept off their feet, not caught up in a scam. But tens of thousands of reports in Consumer Sentinel show that a scam is what many people find. In 2018, the FTC's Sentinel had more than 21,000 reports [...]

SCARS™ Guide: IRS Tax Scams – How to Report Them

SCARS™ Guide: IRS Tax Scams - How to Report Them Scammers Engaged In An Illegal Scheme To Avoid Paying Taxes Can Result In Imprisonment And Fines, As Well As The Repayment Of Taxes Owed With Penalties And Interest If You Become Aware Of Any Abusive Tax Scams, Please Report Them To The Appropriate Contact Below Reporting Email Phishing Or Phone Tax Scams Phishing is a scam typically carried out through unsolicited email and/or [...]