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SCARS™ Special Report: Charity Fraud

SCARS™ Special Report: Charity Fraud Here’s How Charity Scams Work: Someone contacts you asking for a donation to their charity. It sounds like a group you’ve heard of, it seems real, and you want to help. How can you tell what charity is legitimate and what’s a scam? Scammers want your money quickly. Charity scammers often pressure you to donate right away. They might ask for cash, and might even offer to send a courier [...]

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION

SCARS™ Scam Definition: EXTORTION Many Scam Victims Are Frequently Confused About The Definitions Of Cyber-Enabled Crimes, Such As Scams, Blackmail Or Extortion EXTORTION IS VERY SIMPLY OBTAINING BENEFIT THROUGH COERCION In most jurisdictions, extortion is a criminal offense. Pure and simple! Here is the definition in many U.S. States' Legal Codes: The crime of Extortion is committed when a person maliciously threatens to: Accuse another of any crime or offense; Injure the person, property or [...]

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else!

SCARS™ Psychology Of Scams: Why Keeping Your Scam Secret Harms You And Everyone Else! Why Scam Victims Don’t Disclose Being A Victim Being a scam victim is often not disclosed to anyone for many years. Some people may never disclose. When it happens, disclosure is often a process, not a single event. For example, an individual may first provide hints about a scam; if the response is supportive, then more information is shared. Over time, [...]

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words

SCARS™ Cyber Basics: Three Random Words Three Random Words Or What Makes A Good Password? You're probably aware that there’s a lot of guidance out there on what makes a good password — and it can be incredibly confusing. This should help. We advise that you create passwords using three random words both because they are easier to remember and are hard to guess. You just put them together, like 'coffeetrainfish' or ‘walltinshirt’. You can [...]

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tip: Uninvited Strangers

SCARS™ Anti-Scam Tip: Uninvited Strangers This Is Not Terribly Complicated - You Just Have To Stop Talking With Strangers Online Everyone on Social Media gets contact and friend requests almost daily until you decide to stop it! When you get a FRIEND REQUEST from someone you do not know - it is important to decline it AND THEN MARK IT AS SPAM IF THE PLATFORM HAS THAT OPTION! Facebook, LinkedIn, and others have options to [...]

SCARS™ Editorial: Commentary On Being Scammed Again

SCARS™ Editorial: Commentary On Being Scammed Again 90% Of Scam Survivors Have The Completely Wrong Idea About What It Means To Remain Safe And Avoid Future Scams Partly this is the fault of other so-called anti-scam groups - amateurs or fakes! They propagate the idea that once you learn about scams by looking at an endless stream of stolen photos that you will be immune from being scammed again. Unfortunately, this is also a scam. [...]