Understanding Scams & Scammers

White Knight Syndrome – Rescuing Damsels In Distress And Getting Scammed – A SCARS|RSN Guide

White Knight Syndrome - Rescuing Damsels In Distress And Getting Scammed - A SCARS|RSN Guide Many Men Feal An Immediate Compulsion To Rescue Women In Need This quickly opens the door for fake female romance scams. What Is White Knight Syndrome? The "White Knight Syndrome" is also called "The Hero Syndrome."  Not to be confused with Savior Syndrome » White Knight Syndrome is a term used to describe someone who feels compelled to [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: According To New Science Financial Scam Victims Have Higher Risk Of Alzheimer’s

SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: According To New Science Financial Scam Victims Have Higher Risk Of Alzheimer's From Reuter's Health Older adults who are victims of financial scams may be more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than elderly people who don’t get tricked by scammers, a small U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers gave scam awareness questionnaires to 935 older people who didn’t have dementia. Five questions assessed how open people were to sales [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: Indian IRS Scams – How They Work?

SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: Indian IRS Scams - How They Work? An Individual Indian Scammer Explains How The Fake IRS Call Center Scams Work Jayesh, a 19-year-old from Mumbai, India, explains how he worked in a fraudulent telephone boiler room pretending to be an IRS agent collecting taxes as he called people all over America. The video is followed by examples of fake IRS threats and Jayesh's explanation of how they worked. PLEASE SHARE OUR ARTICLES [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What Is A Scam?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What Is A Scam? You Would Think This Would Be Well Understood? But It's Not! What Is A Scam? About half the people that we talk to think it is only a scam if they sent money to the scammer! A very large number of people who have been scammed, don't think they were scammed. So what is it? SCAM is a noun, and is pronounced: ˈskam Definition of scam: a fraudulent or deceptive [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What’s Up With Gift Cards?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: What's Up With Gift Cards? Why Do Scammers Ask For Gift Cards? Partly it is because they are easy to purchase - especially in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is also because they are easy to send and receive through pictures - the scammer just needs the information printed on the card. And easy to sell for cash money in their own country. Money transfer and banking are [...]

SCARS|RSN™ SCAM NEWS: Scammers Change And Adapt

SCARS|RSN™ SCAM NEWS: Scammers Change And Adapt A New Variation On Money Mules - Receiving Cash! $21K In Cash Sent To Richmond Address As Part Of Scam. In two days, Richmond Virginia police recovered more than $21,000 in money related to a scam. $21,000 in cash sent to a money mule Two women, one from Michigan and another from Pennsylvania, sent a total of $21,300 to a Richmond address believing it would get [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Road Trip Or Out Of The Country!

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Road Trip Or Out Of The Country! Why Are Most Romance Scammers Never At Home? Why Do They Tell You They'Re Out Of The Country? There are several reasons for this, but most of it comes down to two key points! They do not want to get trapped into having local knowledge They will ultimately need to have the victim send the money to another country Local Knowledge In the first case, [...]

Japan – The Romance Scammer’s Heaven – A SCARS|RSN™ Guest Editorial By Catherine Saori Usui

A SCARS|RSN™ Guest Editorial By Catherine Saori Usui The following is a Guest Editorial by Catherine Saori Usui - an Anti-Scam Victims Advocate living in Japan, A Professional Support Services Provider, An Aspiring Author, and A Romance Scam Survivor. Catherine plays a role in directly helping scam victims to recover, and is active in helping to build awareness of romance scams in Japan. She is also a member of the Society of Citizens Against Relationship [...]

Two In Five Irish 18-24 Year Olds Being Used As ‘Money Mules’ – Is This True Everywhere? – SCARS|RSN™ SCAM NEWS

SCARS|RSN™ SCAM NEWS: Two In Five Irish 18-24 Year Olds Being Used As 'Money Mules' - Is This True Everywhere? DUBLIN, Ireland - The Garda Campus Watch "Creating Fraud Awareness" campaign kicked off on Wednesday. The campaign will run until Friday 31 May 2019. Campus Watch Liaisons and Crime Prevention Officers during the campaign will engage with students and staff or visitors to the campus relating to fraud crimes, with a particular warning for young [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Too Many Friends

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Too Many Friends ANTI-SCAM TIP: TOO MANY FRIENDS Let's be real for a second. Adding someone who has thousands of friends to your Facebook friend's list (or connections on any social media) is like unsafe sex! Any interaction is going to leave you infected. Why? Because there is no way that they actually know all of these people, so it automatically means they accept friends (or connections) that contact them out of [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Dead Wife

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Dead Wife It Is Amazing How Many Military Soldiers Online (Strangers) Lose Their Wives To Auto Accidents! Have you ever noticed that in most romance scams that target women, the soldier or the engineer or the businessman or diplomat always has lost their wife to a serious accident, leaving them to raise their daughter or son alone? Being a soldier is a dangerous profession, yet if we are to believe scammers, it [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics:  Scammer Grammar!

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics:  Scammer Grammar! Originally Published January 2010 - Updated April 20, 2019 One of the easiest ways to spot scammers from Ghana, or Nigeria, etc. is their use of language. Introduction To Scammer Grammer They have learned it is better to steal information from others - to steal profile text from real people. Or to use the chat session scripts they buy - but eventually, they may have to modify them [...]

Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? – SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Why Do Scammers Always Ask You To Chat Somewhere Else? Why Do They Ask To Chat Somewhere Else? First, it is important to understand the risks of social media for scammers. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are high-value properties for scammers and they are easily lost. It takes time to create a profile and if they are talking with 20 victims they can't have all of that activity on their profile. So they [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: Talking with Kids About Being Online

SCARS|RSN™ Special Report: Talking with Kids About Being Online From: First Lady Melania Trump, White House, and the Federal Trade Commission, Washington D.C. This guide from the Federal Trade Commission covers issues to raise with kids about living their lives online. Introduction By First Lady Melania Trump As First Lady, I want to nurture the most valuable part of our society and our future: children. As adults, we take responsibility for helping children [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Forgetful Scammers

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Forgetful Scammers Why Do They Forget What You Talked About? Remember that scammers are working many other victims at the same time. Imagine you had a hundred girl or boyfriends - you would never be able to keep it all straight without a spreadsheet. In fact, scammers do maintain careful records of each victim's details. But they are just human and sometimes they connect to a victim when their laptop is not available. [...]

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Why Do They Call You Dear?

SCARS|RSN™ Scam Basics: Why Do They Call You Dear? Why do they use "Dear" or "Sweetheart" or other endearments? en·dear·ment noun - plural noun: endearments a word or phrase expressing love or affection. synonyms: sweet nothings, sweet words, sweet talk, affectionate talk, soft words; expressing love or affection. "a term of endearment," synonyms: affection, fondness, tenderness, feeling, sentiment, warmth, love, liking, care, regard, attachment"he spoke to her formally and without endearment" Here is a list of endearments - but note that endearments are language and even [...]

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