Tim McGuinness, Ph.D. talks with P.J. (Peter) Rohall [PODCAST VIDEO]

Interview With P.J. Rohal [PODCAST VIDEO] On The Debby Montgomery Johnson "Stand Up Speak Up" Podcast - December 2, 2021 - Guest Hosted By Dr. Tim McGuinness, SCARS Director A SCARS Insight Interview A New Video from SCARS! A SCARS Insight Interview The World Of Cybercriminals & Scams Is Not What Many Tell You About Renowned global financial fraud expert P.J. Rohall speaks with Dr. Tim McGuinness during the "Stand [...]

The Relationship Scam End Game: The Confession Scam and Other Strategies

The Relationship Scam End Game: The Confession Scam and Other Strategies How Scammers Try One Last Time And Close Up The Scam A SCARS Insight This information can apply to most types of scams, from Romance Scams, to Lotto Scams, to Government Impersonation Scams, to Gransparent Scams, and many more. When a victim discovers the truth the scammer will react in one of several predictable ways that we can "End Game Scams." [...]

Identify and Stop Scam/Spam Text Messages

Identify and Stop Scam/Spam Text Messages Staying Safe On Your Phone A SCARS Guide Text Message Scams, Phishing Messages, & Spam Texts One Of The Greatest Battlegrounds Of Today's Internet Is On Your Phone! Text and Instant messaging is a growing source of cybercrime and this means that as much as half of all are victimized. In Brazil. alone in 2020 there were more than 5 million WhatsApp victims. Of [...]

What Is A Relationship Scam? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Is A Relationship Scam? Understanding Scams Infographic! A SCARS Insight A Relationship Scam - Don't You mean A Romance Scam? Nope! The Definition of a Relationship Scam: It is a one-to-one criminal act that involves a trust relationship and uses deception & manipulation to get a victim to give to the criminal something of value, such as money! A Relationship Scam includes many different types of scams, each with [...]

Social Media Safety – Securing Key Accounts

Social Media Safety Securing Key Accounts A SCARS Insight Your Social Media Platforms Staying Safe Online Is No Joke! Social media platforms have become an integral part of online lives. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be wary about how much personal information you post. Staying safe online requires knowledge and skill, and the sooner you learn this the better off you [...]

Spam and Phishing – Identity Theft, Fraud And Cybercrime Alert

Spam and Phishing Identity Theft, Fraud, And Cybercrime Alert A SCARS Insight Spam and Phishing Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment. More than half of all cyber-attacks are initiated by emails. Understanding how these attacks are triggered and how to protect yourself from them is vital in staying safe online. Malicious Email [...]

To Call or Not To Call: New Call Back Scam Campaign Targeting Financial Institution Customers

To Call or Not To Call: New Scam Campaign Targeting Financial Institution Customers A Scam Warning A SCARS Insight Scams Evolve Into New Methods And New Platforms Identity thieves and scammers are preying on bank, credit union members, and financial institution customers using more unconventional methods. Instead of cold calling targets or sending a fake link to harvest confidential information, these scammers are asking you to call them. Bitdefender Antispam [...]

United States Military Ranks & Insignia – A SCARS Guide [Updated]

United States Military Ranks & Insignia A SCARS Guide to help with recognizing fakes! Updated to Include United States Space Force Ranks THE UNITED STATES MILITARY RANK INSIGNIA Updated with Space Force Ranks 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 [...]

Understanding The Long Con – The Basic Mechanics Of A Relationship Scam – How Scams Work

How Scams Work: Understanding The Long Con The Basic Mechanics Of A Relationship Scam A SCARS Insight What Is A Long Con? Con is derived from "Confidence Trick" A "Long Con" Or "Big Con" (Or Long Game) Is A Scam That Unfolds Over Several Days Or Weeks, Or Even Years. It may involve one scammer or a team of fraudsters working together (a team), and even props ( such as [...]

What Drives People To Be Scammed?

What Drives People To Be Scammed? A SCARS Overview Why Do People Accept Scams? What We Are Really Asking Is Why People Believe In Fantasies? What is it about us humans that we are so willing to believe a fairytale? Yet, so often that is exactly what we do! This is not intended to shame victims - far from it, this is intended to help victims example their own [...]

Scams Targeting College and Graduate Students

Scams Targeting College and Graduate Students Students Are Losing Their Tuitions & Savings For Their Education A SCARS Insight Student-Targetted Scams Steal Billions From Young Adults And Their Family Watch Out For Any Social Media Advertising Or People That Want To Help Students Every year college students will be starting a new chapter in their lives.  With this new chapter comes responsibility and the freedom to make choices on their [...]

Spotting Fake Identities: A Guide To International Names

Spotting Fake Identities: A Guide To International Names A SCARS Guide A Guide To Help Understand The Form & Construction Of International Names Identification of suspects, victims, and witnesses is critical to effective law enforcement as well as for helping victims or potential victims identify criminals. Police officers and victims often interact with persons of international origin or background, whether nationals or immigrants (legal or illegal). Additionally, they may be [...]

Diversions – A Scammer’s Manipulative Technique

Diversions - A Scammer's Manipulative Technique Psychology of Scams A SCARS Insight Scammer Diversions - Dodging The Bullet! A Diversion is a technique that telemarketers use to control the potential customer on the phone, steering them toward the desired outcome In the case of scammers, it is one way to maintain control over a victim. Scammers use simple techniques to avoid having to remember very much about a [...]

Crypto-Scams To Avoid In 2021

Crypto-Scams To Avoid In 2021 Cryptocurrency Scams Information Courtesy of Malwarebytes A SCARS Insight Crypto-scams you should be steering clear of in 2021 Cryptocurrency scams are everywhere and victims are constantly falling for them This is one of those areas like stock and bond that can swallow the insufficiently educated. Any investment regardless of the type requires knowledge and a continuing commitment to education. You cannot just take [...]

Why Internet Fraud Thrives – A Nigerian Perspective [Updated]

Why Internet Fraud Thrives A Nigerian Perspective A SCARS Insight Why Nigerian Online Fraud Thrives According to Blueprint (Nigeria) ... Why internet fraud thrives Even though crimes have been with society for ages, the recent upsurge in internet crime is unparalleled. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this report examines the indices and the causes of what is now referred to as internet or simply yahoo yahoo fraud. They live exotic [...]

Victims Want What Scammers Offer

Victims Want What Scammers Offer Scam Basics by SCARS Internet Romance Scammers Know What Their Victims Are Longing To Hear It can be surprisingly easy to fall prey to a romance scam — and has nothing to do with stupidity, an online fraud expert has warned. Key points: Smart people regularly fall for romance scams and it can be easy to fall for a person you've never met, [...]