SCARS|RSN™ Guides

Deepfake – a SCARS|RSN™ Guide

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Deepfake The History & Definition Of Deepfake What Is Deepfake? Deepfake, a variation from "deep learning" and "fake", is an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique called a "generative adversarial network" (GAN). The combination of the existing and source videos results in a fake video that shows a person or persons performing an action at an event that never [...]

What Is Big Data? – SCARS|RSN™ Guide

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: What Is Big Data? Big Data - Big Scams Databases If the pile of manure is big enough, you will find a gold coin in it eventually. This saying is used often to explain why anyone would use big data. Needless to say, in this day and age, the piles of data are so big, you might end up finding a pirate’s treasure. In our case we look for scammers - the real scammers [...]

Threats And Your Local Risk – SCARS|RSN™ Guide

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Threats And Your Local Risk Are You Worried That Scammers Will Come After You? We have heard from countless victims who truly feared for their lives! Almost always without real reason, but for every rule there are exceptions. Let's Break Down What Your Real Risks Are: First, it is important to understand that not all scammers or online criminals are African. Frankly, this makes a major difference in the type and magnitude of [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Avoid Microsoft® Tech Support Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Avoid Microsoft® Tech Support Scams Protect Yourself From Tech Support Scams Courtesy of Microsoft® Tech support scams are an industry-wide issue where scammers use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services that supposedly fix the contrived device, platform, or software problems. How Tech Support Scams Work Scammers may call you directly on your phone and pretend to be representatives of a software company. They might even spoof the [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Chasing Your Money – A Psychological Trap

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Chasing Your Money - A Psychological Trap Don’t Get Caught Chasing The Money - That Path Can Lead To Addiction A specific form of self-entrapment that some romance scam victims struggle with is the urge to chase their losses. This is a syndrome very common to gamblers too! Chasing losses simply mean trying to win back the money you’ve already lost by gambling more. In the case of romance scam victims, [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Find Scammer Photos With Google® Reverse Image Search

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Find Scammer Photos With Google® Reverse Image Search Dedicated to Sarkresothavy Mean and Scam Survivors everywhere! Find Related Images With Reverse Image Search You can use a picture to find related images from the web. What You’ll Find When you search with a picture, your results may include: Similar images The websites that contain these images Other sizes of the picture you searched with How Google uses the pictures you search with The pictures or [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: What To Do If Your Photos Are Being Used By Scammers

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: What To Do If Your Photos Are Being Used By Scammers What Should You Do! If your photos are being used by scammers you have some power! First, it is important to understand how this happened. You Probably Let Them Do It! In today's internet world, you have to be in control of your privacy and who has access to your information.  Facebook, Instagram, Google, Tumblr, Picasa, Pintrest, all allow control over who [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Grandparents Scams

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Grandparents Scams Those Are Not Your Grandchildren! FTC Warns Of New Scam Grandchildren imposters are managing to finagle a skyrocketing amount of money out of people, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned on Monday. The FTC says that its Consumer Sentinel Network has noticed a “striking” increase in the median dollar amount that people 70 and older report losing to fraud. When they started to peel back the layers, the Commission found a number of [...]

RSN™ Guide: Understanding and Protecting Yourself Against Money Mule Schemes

RSN™ Guide: Understanding and Protecting Yourself Against Money Mule Schemes Money Mules Are Used to Commit Fraud “Money mules” are people who are used to transport and launder stolen money or some kind of merchandise. Criminals may even recruit money mules to use stolen credit card information. Individuals being used as money mules may be willing participants; however, many money mules are not aware that they are being used to commit fraud. The individuals being [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: United States Military Ranks & Insignia

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: United States Military Ranks & Insignia THE UNITED STATES MILITARY RANK INSIGNIA Military rank is more than just who salutes whom. Military rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each increase in rank. Do not confuse rank with pay grades, such as E-1, W-2 and O-5. Pay grades are administrative classifications used primarily to standardize compensation across the military services. The "E" in E-1 stands for [...]

RSN™ Guide: Dehumanization – How Scammers Can Do What They Do To You!

RSN™ Guide: Dehumanization - How Scammers Can Do What They Do To You! Dehumanization Is The Viewing Certain People As Less Than Human Or As Objects To Be Used Or Manipulated 'Less Than Human' is the Psychology of Cruelty Dehumanizing is one of the more serious aberrations of human psychology. It allows us all to perform the most unspeakable acts as though they are nothing because we are doing them to others who are not like [...]

RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: 10 Steps To Breaking Free & Recovering

 RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: 10 Steps To Breaking Free & Recovering Extracted and adapted from an article by Sharie Stines, PsyD, GoodTherapy.org - Copyright acknowledged - we thank the author for their scholarship 10 Steps To Breaking Free And Staying Free Bonds occur in toxic relationships (such as with a romance scammer) and tend to be strengthened by inconsistent positive reinforcement — your hope of something better to come (a happy ending). These Trauma Bonds occur in [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Trauma Bonding

SCARS|RSN™ Psychology Of Scams: Trauma Bonding People Often Stay In Abusive Relationships Because Of Something Called 'Trauma Bonding' Originally published by: Lindsay Dodgson -  Aug. 17, 2017 - BusinessInsider.com 'Trauma Bonding' — Here Are The Signs It'S Happening To You RSN Editor's Note: This applies to scam victims just as it does to local abusive relationships. People often don't even realize they are in an abusive relationship. It can be hard for others to understand why someone [...]

Deducting Scams Form Your U.S. Income Tax – SCARS|RSN™ Guide

SCARS|RSN™ Guide: Deducting Scams Form Your U.S. Income Tax The following is not intended as Tax Advice and is provided for educational purposes only. Consult a professional tax preparer or tax attorney for all legal or professional advice about your taxes. 2018 UPDATE - PLEASE NOTE - Per the IRS: For tax years 2018 through 2025, the Act has suspended the itemized deduction for personal casualty and theft losses. Prior to this change in the [...]

RSN™ Special Report: A Better Business Bureau Study on Online Romance Scams

RSN™ Special Report: A Better Business Bureau Study on Online Romance Scams Online Romance Scams - A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - Download For Free Here » [auto-iframe link=https://romancescamsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bbb-study-online-romance-scams-study.pdf tag=BBB-Report width=100% height=650 autosize=no] Download [PDF File] Online Romance Scams - A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters Provided [...]

SCARS™ Scam Insight: What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor?

SCARS™ Scam Insight: What Is The Difference Between A Scam Victim And A Scam Survivor? An Exploration Of Mindsets As an organization, we have had the opportunity to observe the victims of scams from over 27 years. We have had the benefit of expanding our knowledge by professionalizing our activities as registered crime victims' assistance and support providers, in applying victimology and criminalistics, as anthropologists, as specialists in addictive behavior, in the psychology of scams, [...]

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