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SCARS™ Guest Editorial: Sakawa Boys (Ghanaian Internet Scammer Gangs)

SCARS™ Guest Editorial: Sakawa Boys (Ghanaian Internet Scammer Gangs) By Bernard Vance, an Anti-Scam Warrior About Bernard Vance: Bernard was an old school "scam fighter" online, meaning he and the people he worked with attempted to solve the scamming problem by exposing scammers on social media. He devoted considerable effort to understanding how these scams worked in the hope of finding a solution. Ironically the failure of these groups (many of them are still around) is [...]

Ann Angel: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity: Ann Angel Have You Seen Ann Angel? Adult Model & Impersonation Victim Frequently Used By Scammers To Fool Men! You Have Probably Seen Her Photos Before! The real Ann Angel is an Adult Video Star & Webcam Girl Ann Angel Is Another Scammer's Choice Award Winner Visit the SCARS YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOR8Tzp1AeIinI9AtyOztdg Of course, you don't really know Ann Angel, since these are stolen photos used by African Romance Scammers, but she is [...]

Yuliana Avalos: Have You Seen Her? Another Stolen Face / Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity / Impersonation Victim: Yuliana Avalos Have You Seen Yuliana Avalos? Adult Model/Entertainer & Impersonation Victim Yuliana Avalos Is Another Scammers Choice Award Winner In her own words, she describes how scammers are using her photos: Of course, you don't really know Yuliana Avalos, since these are stolen photos used by African Romance Scammers, but she is popular! If you see her photos on social media or on a dating site - guess what?  They [...]

SCARS™ Commentary: The Odds Of Being Scammed Again

SCARS™ Commentary: The Odds Of Being Scammed Again Here Is An Exercise In Understanding How Intuition (Or Your Gut) Is More Likely Wrong Than Right WATCH THIS VIDEO AND THEN READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE Was Your Intuition Right? The simple act of relying on your gut is by definition wrong. That is why knowledge and behaviors are a better approach to your safety than your intuition. Dealing with complexity is both something we [...]

SCAM HISTORY: 6 Years Ago – A Porn Star/Model Sues Match.com For $1.5 Billion, Says Her Picture Was Used In Fake Profiles

SCAM HISTORY: 6 Years Ago - A Porn Star/Model Sues Match.com For $1.5 Billion, Says Her Picture Was Used In Fake Profiles This Groundbreaking Case Would Have Corrected Much That Is Wrong In Today's Dating And Social Media Websites Unfortunately, the selection of the plaintiff was seriously flawed. The initial plaintiff was Yuliana Avalos and it was alleged that her husband actually sold her photos to African scammers. The result is that the case collapsed [...]

SCARS™ Insight: Displaying Stolen Photos Of Children

SCARS™ Insight: Displaying Stolen Photos Of Children Scammers Constantly Use Stolen Photos Of Adults To Scam People, But They Also Use The Children Of The People In The Stolen Photos. IS IT ILLEGAL? YES, IT IS. However, there are different elements to this discussion, including if it is ethical for anti-scam groups to post those photos! Consider if you are the parent of one of these children? How would you feel about your child being [...]

SCARS Next Steps™ – You Gave The Scammer Your Information?

SCARS Next Steps™ - You Gave The Scammer Your Information? NOTE: THIS GUIDE IS PRIMARILY FOR AMERICAN VICTIMS, HOWEVER, THE PROCESS APPLIES TO MANY COUNTRIES You Gave The Scammer Your Id And Maybe Even Access To Your Banking Or Credit Cards? NOW WHAT DO YOU DO? First, let us say you are not alone. A significant number of scam victims give their scammers all kinds of personal information about themselves. However, this now presents some [...]

SCARS™ Research:  Socio-Economic Theory of Nigerian Cybercriminals

SCARS™ Research:  Socio-Economic Theory of Nigerian Cybercriminals This paper sets out with the aim of developing and improving upon existing taxonomies used in cybercrime scholarship. 1. Introduction Listed in prevalence of cybercrime perpetrators, Nigeria, the UK and the USA (in ascending order of significance) are on top of the ‘league table’ (ICCC, 2006, ICCC, 2008, ICCC, 2009, ICCC, 2010). Considering Nigeria as an exemplary social context – representing the Sub-Saharan world region - this article will emphasize [...]