American / U.S.A. Scams & Scammers™

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents

SCAM ALERT: New Scam Targeting Parents New Phone Scam Claims Parents (or Grandparents) are Negligent SCARS™ Investigative ExclusiveIn a new scam starting up in California the scammer claims to have photos of children in the car without lawful child-safety seats or restraints. The phone scammer demands money or will send photos to child welfare/social services & police. If that were true could result in custody issues and fines. The victim must pay $500 immediately or [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams

SCARS™ Special Report: Fake Checks Scams If Someone You Don’t Know Sends You A Check And Asks For Money Back, That’s A Scam Fake checks drive many types of scams — like those involving phony job and income opportunities, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than you are owed — [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released

SCARS™ Special Report: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released Data Reflects an Evolving Threat and the Importance of Reporting “Criminals are getting so sophisticated. It is getting harder and harder for victims to spot the red flags and tell real from fake.” Donna Gregory, chief, IC3 Internet-enabled crimes and scams show no signs of letting up, according to data released by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in its 2019 Internet Crime Report. The last calendar year saw [...]

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season

SCARS™ Scam Alert: Tax Identity Thieves And IRS Imposters Are Ready For Tax Season Tax identity thieves and IRS imposters are ready for tax season, whether you are or not. Join the FTC and its partners for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if you or someone you know runs into problems. What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security [...]

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Government / Industry Privacy Framework

SCARS™ Insight: U.S. Government NIST Releases Version 1.0 of Government / Industry Privacy Framework This U.S. National Institute Of Standards & Technology Tool Will Help Optimize The Beneficial Uses Of Online Data While Protecting Individual Privacy Our data-driven society has a tricky balancing act to perform: building innovative products and services that use personal data while still protecting people’s privacy. To help organizations keep this balance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is [...]

SCARS™ Reference Library: Interacting with Scam Victims for Law Enforcement Officers, a SCARS Guide

SCARS™ Reference Library: Interacting with Scam Victims for Law Enforcement Officers, a SCARS Guide Basic Guidelines on Approaching & Interacting with Victims of Cyber-Enabled Crime (Online Scams) Download PDF Versions here » BACKGROUND The way people cope as victims of crime depends largely on their experiences immediately following the crime. As a law enforcement officer, you are usually the first official to approach victims. For this reason, you are in a unique position to help [...]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic]

SCARS™ Scam Warning: Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits [Audio & Infographic] The Federal Trade Commission Is Warning U.S. Social Security Recipients Of A New Scam Coming By Robocall According to the FTC: We’ve seen a new twist on the Social Security Administration (SSA) scam recently. Check out this SSA imposter robocall, which says your benefits will end. (That’s not true, by the way.) IF YOU GET A CALL LIKE [...]

SCARS™ Special Report: The New Horror Show – The California Consumer Privacy Act

SCARS™ Special Report: The New Horror Show - The California Consumer Privacy Act Are You Aware That The World Just Changed? Just like the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it possible to create social media, there are always unintended consequences. The new California law - the CCPA - is full of potential unintended consequences - one of them is it actually makes it easier for scammers to access your data! Under the new [...]

SCARS™ Scam News: Nigerian Scammer Freed By City Of Chicago Illinois!

SCARS™ Scam News: Nigerian Scammer Freed By City Of Chicago Illinois! NIGERIAN SCAMMER CAPTURED IN THE U.S. AND LET GO BY THE CITY OF CHICAGO BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE THE PRESIDENT. Sanctuary City of Chicago Freed Nigerian Illegal Alien Scammer Accused of Stealing $22K THIS IS TRULY OUTRAGEOUS! Vincent Izuchukwu Ezeocha, a 27-year-old illegal alien from Nigeria The sanctuary city of Chicago, Illinois, released an illegal alien scammer into the public despite being [...]

SCARS™ Scam News: Woman Arrested After Laundering $300,000 in Online Scams

SCARS™ Scam News: Woman Arrested After Laundering $300,000 in Online Scams Jane Beth Rocha, 54, Has Been Arrested After Abilene Police (Texas USA) Alleges She Scammed Over $300,000 In Online Scams. According to the arrest report, Jana Beth Rocha was arrested on Friday night at Taco Casa where she worked. Rocha, 54, is charged with money laundering. According to reports on KTXS, Rocha is accused of money laundering after police discovered several instances of Rocha allegedly [...]

SCARS™ Guide: United States Crime Victims Rights & Assistance By State [UPDATED]

SCARS™ Guide: United States Crime Victims Rights & Assistance By State [UPDATED] Victims' Rights & Victims' Services by U.S. State Each state adopted a list of Victim's Rights following California's example in 1982 - the Bill of Rights for Victims, or "Marsy's Law."  Certain aspects of these rights, originally established for victims of violent crimes, also cover fraud victims; however, the list of rights differs from state to state. Many state victim services provide a [...]

SCARS™ Guide: Money Mule Series – Legal Responsibility

SCARS™ Guide: Money Mule Series - Legal Responsibility You Are Legally Responsible When You Cash Or Deposit A Draft Or Receive Funds Wired Into Any Of Your Accounts. YOU MAY BE BOTH CRIMINALLY AND CIVILLY LIABLE! What Is A Money Mule Nigerian (African), Asian, and Eastern European organized crime networks specialize in sending counterfeit checks and money orders to unsuspecting scam victims for the purpose of getting your money. They also [...]