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Fake Soldiers – Impersonation Scams

Fake Soldiers - ImpersonationImpersonation An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone, such as: part of a criminal act such as identity theft, online impersonation scam, or other fraud. This is usually where the criminal is trying to assume the identity of another, in order to commit fraud, such as accessing confidential information or to gain property not belonging to them. Also known as social engineering and impostors. ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Remember That The Faces Shown Are Stolen! They Are Not The Real Criminals How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight SCARS Videos About Fake Soldiers & Romance Scams See more SCARS Videos [...]

Avoiding Romance Scams This Valentine’s Day

Avoiding Romance Scams This Valentine's Day Avoid Falling For Romance Scams Traps How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Avoid Romance Scams! Valentine's Day Can Be Anything But Romantic If You Get Trapped In Romance Scams Valentine's Day Is A Time Of Love And Celebration, [...]

How To Avoid Pig Butchering Scams [VIDEO]

How To Avoid Pig ButcheringPig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering” This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. Scams An Overview Of This New Plague! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Pig Butchering Scams: What They Are and How to Avoid Them Don’t trust that unexpected text or direct message from a stranger—it [...]

Pig Butchering Scams – A Chinese Perspective

Pig Butchering Scams A Chinese Perspective on Crypto Currency Scams from China How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight The "Pig Killing Plate" As The Chinese Call It Are What We Know As Pig Butchering Scams! They Routinely Only Need Three Steps To Deceive You! [...]

West African/Nigerian Marriage Scams

West African/Nigerian Marriage Scams Also Known As Gambia Scams Turn Victims Into Hostages How Scams Work/Other Kinds Of Scams & FraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. - A SCARS Insight Marriage Scams - We Have Said It 10,000 Times - Do Not Travel To West Africa! Yet Victims Become Manipulated [...]

Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS)

MalwareMalware Short for "malicious software," this term means computer viruses and other types of programs that cybercriminals use to disrupt or access your computer, typically with the aim of gathering sensitive files and accounts.-as-a-Service (MaaS) How CybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. Is Becoming Outsourced How Scams & Cybercrime Work - A SCARS Insight Understanding Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) This is the Future of Cyber Attacks Portions Courtesy of AT&T  With the explosive growth of technology, businesses are more vulnerable than ever to malicious cyber [...]

Food Fraud Affects All Of Us

Food Fraud Affects All Of Us A New ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. You May Have Never Heard Of Is Everywhere! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Food Fraud Secretly Infiltrates Kitchens Across America Why are we Talking About Food Fraud on a Relationship ScamRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam 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! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? Website? Simple. This [...]

Caller ID Spoofing

Caller ID SpoofingSpoofing Spoofing occurs when a caller maliciously transmits false caller ID information to increase the likelihood that you'll answer. Scammers often spoof local numbers, private companies, government agencies and other institutions. It can also apply to pretending to be an email address, or through other media. A Leading Technique For Scam Phone Calls How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight How Is It That You Are Getting Scam Calls From People On Your Contacts List? Have you received a call from someone on your contacts list, but it [...]

Fake FBI Agent

Fake FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. Agents How To Spot A Fake FBI Agent That May Call You Or Appear In Person! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Many Times Scam Victims Will Get A Call From Someone Claiming To Be From The FBI These are often from [...]

An All New Trend – Using BEC Scams To Steal Goods

Using BEC Scams To Steal Goods An All New Trend In Scams How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight CriminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. Actors Use Business Email Compromise to Steal Large Shipments of Food Products and Ingredients What? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Food and Drug [...]

Common Tactics & Types Of Relationship Scams

Common Tactics & Types Of Relationship ScamsViolating Trust & Stealing Victims' Money!How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Scammers Use Many Tricks During Relationship ScamsRelationship Scam A Relationship Scam 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! Click here to learn more: What Is A Relationship Scam? But the outcomes are almost always similar! The victim loses their money, or worse. HERE ARE SOME OF THOSE COMMON TACTICS: [...]

Impersonating Brands Consumers Trust

Impersonating Brands Consumers Trust In Search Engine Advertisements How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Cyber Criminals Are Impersonating Brands Consumers Trust Using Search Engine Advertisement Services to Defraud The Public The FBI is warning the public that cybercriminals are using search engine advertisement services [...]

VICE Article: An Overview of Romance Scams

An Overview of Romance Scams A VICE Article Presented by SCARS Beware of the Perfect Gentleman The men whose photos are used for catfishingCatfishing Catfishing, as it is commonly used, is a descriptive term for an activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking or dating service, usually targeting a specific kind of victim. The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish-fulfillment (as it was originally coined).  The term is now considered a derogatory term as it was originally coined to describe scams by women against men, have little recourse other than to continuously report fake profiles across social media platforms. An article by Motherboard, by VICE This [...]

Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF)

Stolen Identity Refund FraudRefund fraud Refund fraud occurs when bad actors take advantage of a merchant’s return policy in order to profit or get goods for free. Refunding fraud is a twist on friendly fraud that is particularly challenging for merchants because there are no associated chargebacks, yes the losses are significant. (SIRF) Impersonating Someone To Scam Their Tax Refund How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight What Is Stolen Identity Refund Fraud? What is SIRF? A tax refund is as much an asset as a diamond ring, and just as some thieves target [...]

A Despicable New Sextortion Scam! Scamming The Parents Of Dead Children!

A Despicable New Scam! Scamming The Parents Of Dead Children! Scammers Continue Sextortion Scams Even When The Person Committed Suicide! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight This Is About Sextortion Scams - With A Twist You may know about sextortion scams, where a scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. [...]

Scam Victim Alert: Scam Social Media Comments

Scam Victim Alert: Scam Comments Scammer Social Media Comments To Lure In Victims How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Scammers Miss You - They Want You Back They Especially Want More Of Your Money! Scammers know where to find victims, all they have to do [...]

BazarCall Scams: Call Centers Playing A Roll In Phishing & Ransomware Attacks

BazaCall Scams: Call Centers Playing A Roll In Phishing & RansomwareRansomware Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion. It encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented cryptoviral extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as paysafecard or Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are used for the ransoms, making tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators difficult. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan virus disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, one high-profile example, the WannaCry worm, traveled automatically between computers without user interaction. Attacks Adding Humans To Cybercrime Attacks How Scams Work - A SCARS Special Report The Evolution of Cybercrime Introduction - BazaCall or BazarCall - Same Thing For the past year, security researchers have been [...]

Man In The Middle Attack: Browser Attack

Man In The Middle Attack: Browser Attack Cybersecurity & Online Safety Basics How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight What is a Man in the Middle Attack (MitM)? This Can Be Used To Hijack Your Browser And Capture Your Sensitive Data! A man-in-the-middleMan-in-the-middle attack Man-in-the-middle attack: When a fraudster secretly intercepts and possibly alters messages between two parties who believe they are securely communicating with each other. (MitM) attack [...]

Arrest Warrant Scams

Arrest Warrant Scams Phone and Email Scams on the rise! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Beware Of Fake Arrest Warrant Scam - Either By Phone Or By Email Scammers are reaching out to potential victims by sending fake arrest warrants by email or [...]

Phishing Alert: PayPal Invoice Scam

PayPal Invoice Scam Phishing ScamPhishing scam Scammers often use email "phishing" to hook unsuspecting fraud victims. Treat all unsolicited email and spam as suspicious: Do not open or reply. To avoid loading malicious software onto your computer or device, never click a link – even from a trusted source – unless you've verified its authenticity. Be especially wary of emails asking for emergency funds or help from friends, family and colleagues. Their email accounts may have been hacked. Scammers will also pretend to be government agencies in scam emails. Alert How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Scam alert: watch for fake PayPal invoices If you regularly handle invoices as part of your job or you purchase with PayPal a lot, this one is especially dangerous. Fraudsters are sending [...]

Fake Prize, Sweepstakes, and Lottery Scams

Fake Prize, Sweepstakes, and Lottery ScamsLottery Scams These scams involve someone claiming you won a prize. However, they say you must pay a fee or provide sensitive banking information in order to get it. They keep the money, and you get nothing for it. The promise of Big Winnings is Just a Fantasy! How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight A Lottery ScamLottery Scam These scams involve someone claiming you won a prize. However, they say you must pay a fee or provide sensitive banking information in order to get it. They keep the money, and you get nothing for it. Is No Win For Its Victims You get a call, email, or letter saying you won a sweepstake, a lottery, [...]

Utility Scams / Electric-Gas Company Scams

Utility ScamsUtility Scams Scammers posing as utility company employees warn that they need payment quickly, often with a pre-paid card, or else your service will be turned off. Businesses run by native Spanish speakers have also been targeted by this scam. / Electric-Gas Company Scams Beware of Fraudsters Pretending to be Your Utility Company How Scams Work - A SCARS Insight Utility Scammers Pretend To Be Your Utility Company Utility Scams Are Typically Done As Either A Form Of Phishing Or VishingVishing What is a vishing attack? Vishing is the social engineering approach that leverages voice communication. This technique can be combined with other forms of social engineering that entice a victim to call a certain number and divulge sensitive information. Advanced vishing attacks can take place completely over voice communications by exploiting Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions and broadcasting services. VoIP easily allows caller identity (ID) to be spoofed, which can take advantage of the public’s misplaced trust in the security of phone services, especially landline services. Landline communication cannot be intercepted without physical access to the line; however, this trait is not beneficial when communicating directly with a malicious actor. Attack A [...]

Black-Wash Currency Scams Making A Comeback [VIDEO]

Black-Wash Currency Scams Making A Comeback A Fake Money Scam - How Scams Work A SCARS Insight Black Money Cleaning Scam – It's Coming Back In Asia  The black money scam, sometimes also known as the "black dollar scam" or "wash wash scam", is a [...]

Government Grants Scams

Government Grant Scams Beware of "Free Money from the Government" A SCARS Insight The Federal Government Grant ScamGovernment Grant Scam Scammers claim that you are eligible for a government grant and offer to forward it to your checking account as soon as you give them your account information, which they sell or use to steal your money. The scammer may spoof the number of the government agency they claim to be representing. Has Been Around For Years Offers of free money from government grants are scams. Someone might offer you a grant to pay for education, home repairs, home [...]

Essential Tools For Every Scam SurvivorSurvivor A Scam Survivor is a victim who has been able to fully accept the reality of their situation. That they were the victim of a crime and are not to blame. They are working on their emotional recovery and reduction of any trauma either on their own, through a qualified support organization, or through counseling or therapy. And has done their duty and reported the crime to their local police, national police, and on Anyscam.com From SCARS Publishing

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SCARS GREN BOOK - The SCARS STEPS Guide to Scam Victim Recovery

SCARS GREEN BOOK
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This program is designed to help scam victims struggling to recover on their own and for those who want to understand the overall process. You can be using other resources, such as traumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS. counselingCounseling Counseling is the professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes. A mental health counselor (MHC), or counselor, is a person who works with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. They may also work with "Social Workers", "Psychiatrists", and "Psychologists". SCARS does not provide mental health counseling. or therapy, qualified support groupsSupport Groups In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic, such as romance scams. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy. They can be supervised or not. SCARS support groups are moderated by the SCARS Team and or volunteers., or completely independent – on your own!

The SCARS Steps program is a complete program and is provided for the purpose of helping scam victims to overcome this experience. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues and challenges that a victim may have and help guide them through their recovery. But each person is different and it is important to understand your own reasons for being vulnerable to being scammed.

After the trauma of being scammed, you need to take steps to recover and move on. This may be an alternative to counseling in the short term, but we still encourage you to seek out professional help & support. Throughout this SCARS Steps Program, we speak about issues, challenges, defects, or problems that a victim may have in a generalized way.

The SCARS GREEN BOOK will help you recover from your scam offline and it will always be there when you need it!

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SCARS SLATE BOOK - A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

SCARS SLATE BOOK – Let Us Explain What Happened!

A Guide For Families & Friends Of Scam Victims

HOW TO HELP ROMANCE SCAM VICTIMS FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF SCAM VICTIMS

This SCARS Publishing book represents a complete guide to help the families and friends understand how these scams work and how to help the victim.

The SCARS Slate Book should be purchased by family and friends to better understand what happened to the victim and the traumatic impact on them. But it can also be shared by the victim so that they do not have to explain to family and friends about the scam. This publication is to help others to help Scam Victims to make it through this traumatic experience and recover.

Each person is different and it is important to understand how relationship scams work and why people are vulnerable; to being scammed, how they were lured in, then groomed and manipulated. This understanding is essential in helping them through the process of ending the scam and then on to recovery. The SCARS Slate Book will provide the information necessary to help support a victim through this process.

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SCARS RED BOOK - Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

SCARS RED BOOK
Your Personal Scam Evidence & Crime Record Organizer

ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO MAKE THE REPORTING PROCESS SIMPLE!

Helps you get and stay organized. This publication is to help Scam Victims organize their crime information. Complete this information before reporting to the police then bring this book with you

Before or after reporting to the police the RED BOOK gives you a dedicated tool to record all the essential facts of this crime. The Victim, the Scammers, the Money, and your Police interactions. Everything that really matters can be easily recorded for your immediate use and for the future!

As we have seen, money recovery/repayment programs can become available years after the scam ends and you need to keep all the details of this crime in case it is needed. We have also seen scammers being extradited to the U.S. and other countries, this will help in the event you testify or give statements, Additionally, this helps you have your information ready to qualify for victims’ benefits, compensation, or aid.

The Official SCARS RED BOOK is your way of recording all the important facts of this crime so that you do not lose essential information, Complete the RED BOOK then put it away with the confidence that you will have it if or when it is needed.

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